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A Meissen "Onion" pattern blue and white part dinner service, circa 1900

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 10,000 GBP

A Meissen "Onion" pattern blue and white part dinner service, circa 1900

A Meissen "Onion" pattern blue and white part dinner service, circa 1900

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 10,000 GBP

A Meissen "Onion" pattern blue and white part dinner service, circa 1900


with shaped gilt line rims, blue crossed swords marks comprising: a two-handled tureen and cover,

a pair of vegetable tureens and covers,

two oval serving dishes in sizes,

a circular serving dish,

a square bowl,

two saucer dishes,

a sauce tureen cover and fixed stand,

a pair of two-handled sauceboats on fixed stands,

a mustard pot and cover on fixed stand,

a shell-moulded twin serving dish, 

eight soup plates, 

nineteen dinner plates,

six side plates,

six bread and butter plates,

twelve cake plates,

twelve pierced dessert plates,

four various breakfast cups and saucers,

eight tea cups and saucers,

three coffee cups and saucers; and six blue and white cutlery rests ensuite.

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In detail: a two-handled tureen and cover – 37 cm wide, 26 cm high: slight rubbing to gilt on handles and some minor glazing spotting to interior. Generally in good order a pair of vegetable tureens and covers – 28cm wide, 21 cm high: one cover has a minute rim chip, the other example is in good condition two oval serving dishes in sizes - 40.5 cm wide, 34.5 cm wide: slight rubbing to gilt rims a circular serving dish – 31 cm diameter: in good condition with a few minute scattered flakes to gilt rim a square bowl - 26cm wide max. (21.5x22.5cm): minute glaze flake to one lobe rim, slight rubbing to gilt rim two saucer dishes -28.8cm wide, 24cm wide: the smaller dish is slightly paler and has a two centimeter foot rim chip, the other example is in good condition a sauce tureen cover and fixed stand - 25cm wide: light rubbing to gilt on the rim of the stand, the underside of the rim of the cover has some discoloration from the time of manufacturer a pair of two-handled sauceboats on fixed stands - approx.. 26cm wide, 25cm wide: they are not a pair but too similar. The smaller example has additional gilding to the pattern, it has a small rim chip near one lip. The second is only gilded to the rims and is in good order a mustard pot and cover on fixed stand – 11cm high, stand is 15.5cm diameter: the bud finial has a chipping to two petals, otherwise in good order a shell-molded twin serving dish – 28 cm wide: in good condition eight soup plates - each 23.5cm diameter: one has a small ground-down foot rim chip nineteen dinner plates - one has a small rim chip at seven o'clock, otherwise a few small patches of wear to gilt rims, generally in good order. Some slight variation in intensity of the blue six side plates – each 21cm diameter: one has a shallow rim chip at nine o'clock, otherwise in good order six bread and butter plates – each 19.4cm diameter, all generally in good order twelve cake plates -each 15cm diameter, the condition is generally good, some slight rubbing to gilt rims twelve pierced dessert plates - each 20cm wide, condition generally good, some light rubbing to gilding four various breakfast cups and saucers – each cup is 7cm high; saucers: 15.5cm diameter, three are 13.5cm diameter one of which has a rim chip at seven o'clock with associated crack. The cups are in good condition. eight teacups and saucers - each teacup is 6cm high, each saucer 13.5cm diameter: two of the teacups have extra gilding to the pattern. All saucers have gilt rims and have very light rubbing to rim gilt three coffee cups and saucers - each cup is 5cm high, each saucer is 10.8 cm wide: the condition is generally good with light rubbing to gilt rims, blue crossed swords marks; six blue and white cutlery rests ensuite – each 10cm long: these are not gilded, in good condition


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The "Onion" pattern or Zweibelmuster was produced at Meissen from the early 18th century and is derived from a Chinese export porcelain pattern.  The original Chinese pattern featured peaches and pomegranates to the borders as symbols of longevity and fecundity. Over time the unfamiliar pomegranate morphed into a bulb or onion giving us the familiar name we have today.  The bold and distinctive pattern could be produced using stencils making it ideal to produce large dinner and dessert services making the wares practical. The design could be embellished, as with the present service, with a gilded rim.