German porcelain tea canister, purple landscapes, c.1760
German porcelain tea canister, the sides painted with purple landscapes. Unmarked, c.1760
two small parallel lines to one corner of the base have been engraved; at Meissen, such a mark signified the items were not perfect, and often these goods were sold in the White to decorating studios outside the factory. The maker of this piece, although not Meissen, may follow the same principle.