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Media: hard-paste porcelain
Size: h(cm) : 11.8 x l(cm) handle to spout : 15.5 x diam
Acquired: 1919; Gift; W.S. de Winton
Accession Number: NMW A 32630
Collection: Wilfred de Winton Collection
The shape is one of the earliest Meissen forms, and is found in Böttger stoneware from around 1710. It has a silver prototype and can be attributed to Johann Jacob Irminger (1634-1724), the Court goldsmith responsible for the factory's designs from 1710. The figure decoration is taken from sheet 87 of the Schulz Codex, the collection of designs assembled by Höroldt and others between 1720 and 1730. Sheets 87 and 88 are unusual, as they comprise scenes in circular reserves, rather than the long friezes of figures found in most of the Codex, and are thought to be early.