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Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (factory)
Schubert, Johann David (designer) [ULAN info: German artist, 1761-1822]
Schaufuss, Heinrich possibly (painter) [ULAN info: German artist, 1760-1838]
Wollmann, Christian Traugott possibly (painter) [ULAN info: porcelain painter b. 1778]
Campana-shaped vase. Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in blue, red, yellow, shades of grey and black enamels and gilt. Campana-shaped. The hollow, circular foot is moulded with bat's-wing fluting and rises in the middle to an anulet. It then flares upwards and outwards into an everted flange decorated with two rows of different leaves in relief. The rounded lower part of the body is decorated with leaves in relief and the lower parts of the handles are moulded with formal foliage. Above is a narrow vertical band above which the sides rise vertically and then flare outwards to the everted rim. The main field of the vase is decorated in shades of grey with a frieze showing the Emperor Trajan seated in front of six columns, accompanied by three men in togas and one in a short tunic. Below, continuing round the vase, is a queue of men, women and children. Below at the front in gold letters is the title 'ALIMENTA ITALIAE.' followed in black letters by an inscription which continues round the vase 'FOEMINARUM FOECUNDITATI GENITORUMQ: SPEI CONSULVIT PUBLICUS PARENS PER UNIVERSAM ITALIAM PUERIS PUELLISQ: ULPIIS ALIMENTARIIS INSTITUTIS.' Round the rim is a border of yellow corn sheaves and red cornucopiae with bunches of grapes dangling between them, separated by foliated scrolls from which are suspended blue lamps. Inside the rim there is a border of gilt, tapering vertical lines, and the relief ornament on the lower part is gilt.
The frieze was derived from the Arch of Constantine in Rome
Meissen (designer) (place)
Meissen (painter) (place)
Meissen (painter) (place)
Meissen (factory) (place)
Saxony (factory) (state)
Germany (factory) (country)
German (factory) (nationality)
hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in n blue, red, yellow, shades of grey and black enamels and gilt
height: (whole): 43
early 19th Century
circa 1815 to 1816
Purchased with the Sir Richard Jessel Fund, and with contributions from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum and the National Art Collections Fund
There is related a pair of vases of the same form but with different decoration in the British Museum, Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities (MLA 1921,7-19,1 and 2). They were given by Henry Wagner in 1921 and hd been presented to his grandfather, Joshua Watson, according to the museum's label 'in recognition of his services as Secretary of a fund raised in England (1814-20) for the relief of distress caused by the Napoleonic devastation of Prussia.' The vases are decorated with Neptune on one, and Athene on the other, and have pale lilack bacgrounds to the seia/grey scenes. 1921,7-19,1 has underglaze blue crossed swords; 1921,7-19,2 has crossed swords underlgaze in blue above 4 (or another sword?) and B over 8 impressed.
C.7-1995 (Applied Arts)