A Meissen Tureen, painted and moulded with floral decoration, circa 1745

This large Meissen tureen is of lobed circular form and moulded with the Gotzkowsky pattern of flower panels aternating with deutsche Blumen. The delicately painted floral sprays and bouquets include a striped tulip, pink roses and a carnation. The rim is edged with gilt.

Blue crossed swords mark and Pressnummer 26 to the base.

The Gotzkowsky name is taken from a Meissen service made for a merchant of that name.

Provenance: The E.A. Titgemeyer Collection, Osnabrück, Germany; an English Private Collection.

Condition: Good – no damage or restoration. There is a small firing crack to the rim which occurred during manufacture. The Meissen artist subsequently attempted to disguise this flaw by painting a small leaf on top of it. There is also a fine, glazed firing crack within the interior base, following an outline of the section of the foot rim. This also occurred during manufacture. There is some light wear to areas of gilding on the rim, consistent with use. The cover is lacking.

Dimensions: Diameter 23 cm (at the rim); Height 11.2 cm 

18th-Century German Porcelain, George Savage (Rockliff, 1958).