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Swan Service Bowl

This is a bowl from the famous Swan Service made by Meissen in the late 19th century. Originally this service was made between 1737 and 1741 by Johann Joachim Kaendler and Johann Friedrich Eberlein. Made for Heinrich, Count von Brühl, the factory director, it was composed of 2,200 pieces modeled and painted in the Rococo style with such aquatic motifs as swans and water nymphs. It is regarded as the single finest table service ever made in porcelain. More often found left in the white these days the hand painted version are stunning! It is the polychrome version with the painted raised design including swans and birds as well as a building and two fish in the center and some gold trim. The piece is in the same condition as when first made with an unexpected issue - It was deemed a first choice piece and I missed it as well the first time around but when you look again you see a firing crack along the rim that is glazed over. It kind of blends in with the rim design. The bowl rings perfectly when tapped. I have never seen Meissen miss a flaw like this and still have it go out as a factory first choice. A very rare issue for sure! The bowl is marked with the under glaze blue crossed swords mark as well as the usual impressed / incised numbers of the period. The piece is 1.875 inches tall and 8.375 inches in diameter. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

Price is $449
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