Meissen chocolate cup & saucer with country scenes, C. 1735
Meissen chocolate cup & saucer, superbly painted in the manner of Johann Georg Heintze with a continuous landscape, the cup having travelers on horseback making their way past a village and crossroads with sign, a wide river and quay with shipping at one side, the saucer with five figures making their way to a farmhouse, a castle in the background and a pond in the foreground, all within a double iron red line border, the cup with a wishbone handle. Crossed swords mark, gold ‘3..’ Circa 1735
Minor fault to cup handle base, very small repaired rim chip
Provenance: The Antique Porcelain Company, NYref. Wark collection #221 for a very similar cup & saucer by Heintze, and #224 for an example with a scene on the river Elbe, with Meissen to one side. This scene is in the same feel, and judging by the river craft may indeed be another location on the Elbe, the Saxon river responsible for the trade & prosperity of the region.