Meissen - Underglaze colors & Chinese Scenes (1720-40s) Photos

In 1720, porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt moved from Vienna to Meissen where he oversaw the development of heat-resistant paints for both under and over glaze painting. By necessity, early designs might use only a single color. Initially, Europeans demanded patterns seen on porcelain imported from China &, Japan so these are designs that Meissen first imitated. At the end of this period, Meissen shifted to similar scenes of European court life.

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Chinese-style gold decorated Meissen porcelain coffee & teapot at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie cup with applied rose branches painted in gold & enamel colors by Abraham Seutter of Augsburg plus saucer with gilded Chinese scene at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain teapot with eagle spout plus powder horn both gilded with Chinese scenes at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen eagle teapots by Johann Jacob Irminger in brown stoneware & porcelain painted with Chinese scenes at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.
Chinese-style gold decorated Meissen porcelain coffee & teapot (c1710-20) at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie cup with applied rose branches painted in gold & enamel colors (after 1726) by Abraham Seutter of Augsburg plus saucer with gilded Chinese scene (1726) at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain teapot with eagle spout plus powder horn both gilded with Chinese scenes at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen eagle teapots by Johann Jacob Irminger in brown stoneware (c1710) & porcelain painted with Chinese scenes (c1730) at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.
Meissen porcelain teapot by Johann Jacob Irminger at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.Meissen porcelain service in leather case by Abraham Seuter at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.Meissen porcelain service with oriental scene by Abraham Seuter at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.Meissen porcelain teapot with eagle spout plus black & white Chinese scene oxidized from original silver paint by Abraham Seutter at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.
Meissen porcelain teapot (c1720) by Johann Jacob Irminger at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.Meissen porcelain service in leather case (1731) by Abraham Seuter at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.Meissen porcelain service with oriental scene (1731) by Abraham Seuter at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.Meissen porcelain teapot with eagle spout plus black & white Chinese scene oxidized from original silver paint (c1725-30) by Abraham Seutter at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.
Meissen porcelain chinoiserie coffee pot with gilded surfaces at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Porcelain mounted coffee pot by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie coffee pot with gilded parts by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Porcelain teabowl & saucer by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Meissen porcelain chinoiserie coffee pot with gilded surfaces (c1722) at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Porcelain mounted coffee pot (c1723-4) by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie coffee pot with gilded parts (c1723-4) by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Porcelain teabowl & saucer (c1723-4) by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Porcelain teabowl & saucer by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Meissen porcelain small plate with Chinese painting by A.E. Wald or S. Hosennestel at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plates in Indian or Oriental style at Ariana Museum. Geneva, Switzerland.Écuelle & stand by Johann Ehrenfried Stadler of Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
Porcelain teabowl & saucer (c1724-5) by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Meissen porcelain small plate with Chinese painting (c1725) by A.E. Wald or S. Hosennestel at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plates (1727-30) in Indian or Oriental style at Ariana Museum. Geneva, Switzerland.Écuelle & stand (c1730) by Johann Ehrenfried Stadler of Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
Meissen painted porcelain plate at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plate painted with brightly colored enamel by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Porcelain teabowl & saucer by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Meissen porcelain fish-handle tureen with oriental buying-trip painted scenes at Bavarian National Museum. Munich, Germany.
Meissen painted porcelain plate (c1720s?) at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plate painted with brightly colored enamel (c1723) by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Porcelain teabowl & saucer (c1727-30) by Meissen Porcelain Manuf. of Germany at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA.Meissen porcelain fish-handle tureen with oriental buying-trip painted scenes (c1730) at Bavarian National Museum. Munich, Germany.
Meissen porcelain chinoiserie mug with gilded parts & leather case by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain twelve-sided plate after Japanese pattern at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plate with Chinese & landscape scenes in cartouches by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plate with Chinese & European trading trip scenes painted by Höroldt Workshop at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.
Meissen porcelain chinoiserie mug (krug) with gilded parts & leather case (c1723-4) by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain twelve-sided plate (c1725-30) after Japanese pattern at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plate with Chinese & landscape scenes in cartouches (c1730-5) by Johann Gregorius Höroldt at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain plate with Chinese & European trading trip scenes (c1735) painted by Höroldt Workshop at Bamberg Old Town Hall Museum of Faience & Porcelain. Bamberg, Germany.
Meissen porcelain plate painted in gold & red decorated by Franz Mayer from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie lidded terrine accentuated with gold luster frames at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie chocolate pot at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain chocolate service with highly decorative gold plated tray by goldsmith Johann Jakob Adam from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.
Meissen porcelain plate painted in gold & red (c1740) decorated by Franz Mayer from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie lidded terrine accentuated with gold luster frames (c1735) at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain chinoiserie chocolate pot (c1730-5) at Meissen porcelain museum at Lustheim Palace. Munich, Germany.Meissen porcelain chocolate service with highly decorative gold plated tray (1769-71) by goldsmith Johann Jakob Adam from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.
Meissen painted porcelain breakfast service with Oriental exploration pattern & gold trim by goldsmith Elias Adam from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.Meissen white porcelain coffee service with Augsburg gold trim attr. Abraham Seutter at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.

Meissen painted porcelain breakfast service with Oriental exploration pattern & gold trim (c1730) by goldsmith Elias Adam from Augsburg at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.Meissen white porcelain coffee service with Augsburg gold trim (c1750) attr. Abraham Seutter at Maximilian Museum. Augsburg, Germany.


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