Potpourri vessel with applied flowers, FF-"Insects" painting, H 21,5 cm

Potpourri vessel with applied flowers, FF-"Insects" painting, H 21,5 cm

What better way of decorating a perfume burner than with moulded flower-heads abuzz with insects? Supreme modelling and the most superb porcelain painting complement each other like flora and fauna on this “potpourri” in the shape of a sugar caster from 1730. Such whimsically naturalistic patterns on coffee and tea sets were all the rage in the mid-18th century, when attention began to be given to insects in all their myriad and beautiful forms for the first time. The source material was provided by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) in the form of her “Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium”, a milestone in both publishing and entomological terms. Its hand-coloured copperplate engravings were already held in the graphic art collection at MEISSEN® in the 18th century. Our intrepid pioneer in the study of insects demonstrated huge artistic talent with this documentation of her two-year expedition into the unexplored coastlands to the north of Brazil. Her eye for the most intricate of detail is particularly engaging and has been evoked with great empathy in the porcelain’s decoration. Borders and lacework painted in 23-carat gold serve as a fitting framework for the precious piece.

SKU: 20A084-82385-1
Weight: 350 g
Limited to 75 pieces.

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