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About the object

Circa 1735-40

Crossed swords in underglaze-blue

Black lacquer inventory mark ‘A70’

Painted with children playing and swinging on ropes between two trees within elaborate gilt scrolls, the border with four panels of fruit and flowers.

This plate is from a small set that were preserved in the possession of the Counts von Bressler (Breslau or now Wroclaw) in Schloss Lauske until at least 1925 when published by Pazaurek. They are decorated with scenes from ‘Les Jeux et plaisirs de l’enfance’ by Jacques Stella, published in Paris in 1657.

Hans Gottlieb von Bressler (d. 1777) was member of the Silesian nobility and mayor of Breslau for the last 11 years of his life. He decorated these pieces as a personal hobby working under the influence of Ignaz Bottengruber.

Other plates from the series, are in the Arnhold Collection, New York, The Metropolitan Museum, New York (50.211.243), the Gardiner Museum, Toronto and The Hans Syz Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

BonhamsImportant Meissen Porcelain from a Private Collection, Part I, 16 November 2005, lot 48

Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain 1710-50, (2008), no. 325
Hans Syz, Jefferson Miller II and Rainer Rückert, The Hans Syz Collection, Meissen Porcelain and Hausmalerei, (1979), vol. 1 p. 514, no. 347
Le Corbeiller, German Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century (1990), p. 23


21.4cm diam.

Condition report

Losses to gilding and some wear, no restoration