A Meissen dessert plate from the 'Möllendorff Service', circa 1761

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A Meissen dessert plate from the 'Möllendorff Service', circa 1761

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A Meissen dessert plate from the 'Möllendorff Service', circa 1761
Modelled with a pierced rim of flowers painted in iron-red and gilding, alternating with foliate and trellis panels picked out in gilding, the centre painted in iron-red and gilding with an Oriental flower, gilt dentil rim, 25cm diam., crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed 22 and H

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  • Provenance:
    Brigitte Britzke Collection, Bad Pyrmont

    Literature:
    Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts ays Bad Pyrmonter Privatbesitz, exhibition catalogue (2002), p.125;
    La Porcelana de Meissen en la Colección Britzke/Das Meissner Porzellan der Britzke-Sammlung, exhibition catalogue (2009), p. 257

    Exhibited:
    Museum im Schloss, Bad Pyrmont, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts aus Bad Pyrmonter Privatbesitz, 28 November 2002 to 26 January 2003;
    Fundación Caja Segovia, La Porcelana de Meissen en la Colección Britzke 1709-1765, 16 July to 18 November 2009

    The pierced dessert plates of the Möllendorff service were modelled by Friedrich Elias Meyer together with Peter Reinicke after a design said to have been drawn by Frederick himself. The design is based upon the shapes developed for an earlier service made for the Saxon Prime Minister, Count Brühl, whom Frederick particularly despised. He may have seen Brühl's service (known as Brühlsches Allerlei, for which see J. Lessmann, Das "Brühlsche Allerlei", in U. Pietsch (ed.), Schwanenservice (2000), pp. 106ff.) when he occupied Brühl's palace in Dresden. Frederick thus appropriated two design elements particularly associated with his enemies, Count Brühl and Augustus III, to which he added his own emblems of war and music; the design became known as Preussisch-musikalisches Dessin, and is evidence not only of the taste of the Prussian court, but also of Frederick the Great's personal taste and his interest in porcelain. It is interesting to note that this was the first porcelain table service for the Prussian court, which included both a dinner and dessert service. Another example was sold in these rooms as part of the Hoffmeister Collection, Part 1, 25 November 2009, lot 101.
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