“Borromeo” tea and coffee set - inv. 1034

Titolo: 
“Borromeo” tea and coffee set
Numero di Inventario: 
1034
Tipologia: 
porcelains
Collezione: 

Ceramics

Parole chiave soggetto: 
port
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Meissen, first half of 18th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Meissen
Saxony
Germany
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1700
Datazione specifica: 
1736-1740
Tipo di iscrizione: 
mark
Descrizione iscrizioni e marchi: 
crossed swords in underglaze blue with an italic A in gold standing for King Augustus III of Poland; the arms of the Borromeo family; star-shaped emblem of the Polish Order of the White Eagle
Materia e Tecnica: 
hard-paste porcelain
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Golden Room

On all the pieces of the set we find some certain marks: the letter A, in italics, standing for King Augustus III of Poland (1696 -1763), and the coat of arms of the Borromeo family. The latter, set in the decoration, has the form of a shield, with the word “Humilitas” inscribed on it, a unicorn and a snake on the left, a dromedary on the right. Below it hangs a star-shaped emblem, identified as the Polish Order of the White Eagle. A document shows that on November 19, 1736, King Augustus III of Poland signed the investiture of Federico VI Borromeo (1703-1779) in this order. It is possible that Federico either commissioned the service or received it as a gift from the king. This work is very valuable for the refined decoration with its “harbour scenes” and its excellent state of preservation, which is due largely to its case: a fine wooden box lined with green velvet with tapes, silver hinges and locks.

Masterpiece: 
true
AC/DC: 
DC