After a design by Jacques Stella, published in his Livres des Vases of 1667 and illustrated by Siegfried Ducret, Meißner Porzellan, vol.I, ill.147. The model has previously been attributed to Gottlieb Kirchner, who joined the Meissen manufactory in 1727, but the weekly reports of the Dreher and Former at the Meissen manufactory between 1722 and 1728, recently published by Claus Boltz, 'Die wöchentlichen Berichte über die Tätigkeit der Meissner Dreher und Former vom 6. Juni 1722 bis 31. Dezember 1728', in Keramos, 178/2002, pp.3-147, suggest that the form was produced as early as 1722 (p.112, no.99 "Theekrügel, Waßermann").
A similarly decorated example of this rare form was sold from the collections of the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden, Sotheby's Baden-Baden, 7th October 1995, lot 1308. A variation of the model, decorated in Augsburg with birds perched on branches, was sold from the same collection, lot 1333.
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