Cup and Saucer

The painting on this cup shows an upper-class couple touring a silver mine. On the saucer, a miner sifts earth over a large wooden tub. The porcelain painter Bonaventura Gottlieb Hauer, a miner’s son from Freiburg, drew on his familiarity with the industry to produce these vivid scenes. The decorations were particularly appropriate given that the primary patron of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, King August III of Poland, derived much of his income from silver mining.

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory

German, 1710–present

Cup and Saucer

c. 1740–45

Hard-paste porcelain

Height of cup: 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm); diameter: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Saucer: 1 3/16 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (3 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955