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- Author Johann Joachim Kändler
- Date of production ca. 1736
- Place of creation Meissen, Saxony
- Dimensions height: 14.5 cm, width: 15.5 cm, depth: 14 cm
- Author's designation at the bottom, crossed swords painted underglaze with cobalt
- ID no. ZKWawel 9391
- Availability Saxon Hall
- Acquired date purchased in 2014
- Object copyright Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collection
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums Plus project
A sugar bowl with a lid, having the form of an oval flattened and buckled vase standing on four volute legs. The lid is topped with a handle in the shape of a cone. The legs are made up of dual scrollwork patterns with female masks in palmette crowns placed between them; their back side is additionally ornamented with raised acanthus leaves. There is a characteristic woven relief around the edge, called Sułkowski's pattern (Sułkowski Ozier).more
A sugar bowl with a lid, having the form of an oval flattened and buckled vase standing on four volute legs. The lid is topped with a handle in the shape of a cone. The legs are made up of dual scrollwork patterns with female masks in palmette crowns placed between them; their back side is additionally ornamented with raised acanthus leaves. There is a characteristic woven relief around the edge, called Sułkowski's pattern (Sułkowski Ozier). The rim of the lid is ornamented with beading, and there is a rosette of radially placed leaves around the handle. The painted decoration of the lid consists of the coats of arms of Sułkowski and Stein that are held by a pair of lions standing on a cornice, repeated four times. Around the cartouche bearing the coat of arms of Sułkowski, there is a sash of the Order of the White Eagle; the whole is topped with a golden crown. The cornice is ornamented with white drapery, and the bracket below it – with a crimson sash. The lions, the crown, the cartouches, and elements of the ornament are gilded, just like the belt around the lid and belts and crowns on the legs. The handle of the lid is painted in many colours. The entire vessel is covered with small painted flowers and branches of the Kakiemon style.
This first set of such a large size of more than 1000 porcelain items known as Sułkowski's set was made in the Royal Manufactory in Meissen for Count Aleksander Józef Sułkowski and his wife Maria Anna von Stein zu Jettingen in the years 1735–37. At that time, Sułkowski was the king's favourite. He was responsible for the transport of porcelain to the Japanese Palace and it afforded him the opportunity to be in constant contact with the manufactory. The set was intended as a dinner and coffee set, including containers for serving sweets (preserves, candied fruit, and marzipan) or seasonings (salt, olive oil, vinegar, and mustard), as well as table decorations (surtout de table) and large candelabra, and it was designed by Johann Joachim Kändler, the most outstanding of Meissen modellers.
Elaborated by Dorota Gabryś (Wawel Royal Castle), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved