Porcelain Dish

Country
Germany
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Description
Horseshoe-shaped outline, white porcelain, underglaze blue flowers known as "Blue Onion" pattern, gilt edge, indented at one end, possibly a smoking pipe stand or a salt cellar.
Classification
CH classification PERSONAL EFFECTS Smoking Accessories ashtray
Maker
Production place
Measurements
L78 x W60 x H19 mm
Media/Materials description
porcelain
Signature/Marks
Faint blue maker's mark on unglazed base consisting of crossed swords and letter.
No 31
History and use
This Meissen porcelain dish was used either as a smoking pipe stand or a salt cellar. Meissen porcelain was the first high quality porcelain to be developed outside Asia. The production of Meissen porcelain commenced in 1710 in the town of Meissen, near Dresden in Germany where the company still operates today. The pattern on this object is known as “Blue Onion” and is one of Meissen’s most popular designs, first introduced by them in 1739. Many other companies have copied the design since then.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H15435

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