A Meissen 'café au lait'-ground Hausmaler coffee pot and cover, circa 1750. Photo: Bonhams.

Decorated in underglaze-blue, and in the workshop of F.J. Ferner in gilding and enamels, the exterior depicting a seated lady playing the lute, the reverse with her seated companion, flanked by their sheep, the cover with a pastoral landscape, the border of the pot covered with lacework gilding, 20.5cm high, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed number 62 (2). Estimate £1,500 - 2,000 (€1,900 - 2,500)

Literature: R. Röntgen, The Book of Meissen (1984), pl. 222;
U. Pietsch, Frühes Meissener Porzellan aus einer Privatsammlung (1993), no. 97

Exhibited: Lübeck, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der Hansestadt Lübeck - St. Annen-Museum, 'Frühes Meissener Porzellan aus einer Privatsammlung', 14 November 1993-31 January 1994;
Aachen, Museen der Stadt Aachen - Couven Museum, 'Frühes Meissener Porzellan aus einer Privatsammlung', 26 February-20 April 1994

A milk jug from the same service is in the Wark Collection (illustrated by U. Pietsch, Early Meissen Porcelain, the Wark Collection (2011), no. 664).

Bonhams. FINE EUROPEAN CERAMICS. London, New Bond Street, 18 Jun 2014 - http://www.bonhams.com/