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Biscuit Figural Cup & Saucer

This is a cup and saucer made by Meissen in the early 19th century or to be exact around 1818. The cup is superbly decorated with an unglazed section with three relief figures in the front and the date in gold of XV Sept. MDCCCXVIII which translates into the 15th of September 1818. Nice handle shape with a lion's head and nice gilding all around. The saucer has a very nice gold rim design and the words 50 Jahre Vater seines Volkes d. 15 Septbr. 1818 which translates to 50 years as the father of his people 15th of September 1818. The one figure on the cup is Justice the other looks to be Britannica and the center I am unsure off). Likely made for the Kurfuerst Friedrich August I (Later Koenig and known as the righteous) who took over the government of Saxony on this date in 1768. Not sure if it was made for his use or a commemorative piece but will find out. The set is in good condition with the saucer being perfect but the cups handle has been restored - it was broken off the top rim and through the bottom and there is a hairline going from the top rim where it was broken. Not obvious at all and it still displays superbly! There is s small gold dot on the saucer covering a black firing spot. Both are marked with the underglaze blue crossed swords mark with the I for experimental paste #1. The cup is 4 inches tall without the handle and 2.875 inches in diameter. The saucer is 1.25 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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