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Porcelain vessel of woman riding rooster with elaborate plumage.
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  • Porcelain vessel of woman riding rooster with elaborate plumage.


c. 1737


Meissen Porcelain Manufactory
German, founded 1710
Modeled by: Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706-1775, active at Meissen, 1731-1775)

About this artwork

Typifying the splendor of the Saxon court at Dresden during the eighteenth century, this porcelain centerpiece would have been part of an elaborate dinner service that graced ceremonial court banquet tables. Remarkable for its large size and luxurious decoration, the service was designed for Count Heinrich von Brühl, who was both administrator of the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory at Meissen and prime minister to Augustus III (r. 1733–63), elector of Saxony and king of Poland. The centerpiece consists of a large, flat plateau made in sections fitted together to support a tall, four-legged, open basket decorated with fanciful roosters and Chinese figures. At either end of the plateau are sugar casters in the form of Chinese figures embracing under a canopy. Established in 1710, the Meissen factory dominated porcelain production in Europe until the mid-eighteenth century and continues to operate to this day.


On View, Gallery 216


Applied Arts of Europe


Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (Manufacturer)


Oil or Vinegar Cruet


Meissen (Object made in)




Hard-paste porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding


21.3 × 14.6 × 7.3 cm (8 3/8 × 5 3/4 × 2 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Grober in honor of Ian Wardropper and Ghenete Zelleke through the Antiquarian Society

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