Breakfast Set

Breakfast sets were often part of a noblewoman’s levee, a social ritual during which society ladies would receive visitors as they ate and dressed. This set consists of chocolate beakers, a tea service, and other vessels for serving and drinking liquids, as well as cutlery, an egg cup, a spice box, and bowls for bouillon. Each of these items has its own storage space in the intricately designed, velvet-lined case. The set shows little sign of use; it was probably intended for display to demonstrate the owner’s good taste and wealth.

Provenance

Private collection Bavaria; Christie's London, November 6, 2008, lot 32; Christie's London, November 29, 2011, lot 494; Galerie Neuse Bremen, 2012; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2012.

Johann Erhard Heuglin II and others

German, active 1717–1757

Silver by Christian Baur, (German, active 1721–1742) Johann Engelbrecht, (German, active 1704– 1748) Paul Solanier, (1635–1724) Porcelain by Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, (German, 1710–present) Bartolomaus Seuter Workshop, (German, active c. 1720s) Glass, leather case, and some silver by other unidentifiedGerman artisans

Breakfast Set

c. 1728–29

Gilded silver, hard-paste porcelain, glass, and original leather case

Case: 10 9/16 x 19 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. (26.8 x 49.2 x 36.8 cm)


Acquired by the Clark, 2012

2012.4.1-13


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