Meissen charger with Kakiemon Butterfly pattern, c.1740
Large Meissen charger, of petal-lobed rim form, painted in the Kakiemon manner with three large sprays of flowering plants and a central butterfly, the rim with three small sprays and three further butterflies, the whole with numerous small leaves and flowers painted over firing flaws, within a brown line rim. Blue crossed swords with dots at the pommels, impressed 20, also inscribed // to the footrim. Circa 1740
rim chip restored
ref. Size collection #97 for a dinner plate in this pattern. As a serving dish, the pattern has been adapted; the butterfly remains in the center, but has lost the branch it rests on, and the distinct rim sprigs have been relocated to the center, and enlarged; note in particular the blue leafed plant with purple ball flowers which is bound together with a blue ribbon. The inscribed // is a workmans mark that appears on pieces from the 1730-40 period, for example Syze # 96 & #65.