Five items from a Meissen porcelain service with copies of paintings
Comprising a coffee pot (missing lid), teapot and sugar box with lids, cup and saucer. All pieces decorated with finely rendered copies of works from the Dresden galleries by famous artists such as Titian, Raphael, Anthony van Dyck and Francesco Albani. Blue crossed swords mark with star, dreher's mark "47" (coffee pot), "24", "3" and "B" (saucer), blue painter's mark "4". A breakage to the lid of the teapot consolidated with a metal cuff, retouches and restorations throughout. H coffee pot 15.1, H sugar box with lid 10.7 cm.
Not all of the paintings reproduced on this service are still to be found in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, which houses the art collection of the Prince Electors of Sacony. Perhaps the most famous work, Raphael's "Sistine Madonna" of 1512/13 (inv. no. Gal. No. 93) with the often copied Raphaelite angels at the bottom of the picture, has remained part of the collection since 1745. Titian's "Venus, Crowned by Cupid, at Her Feet a Lute Player", acquired in 1731 by Baron Raymond de Leplat for Elector Friedrich August I, has been considered missing since 1945 (inv. no. gal.-no. 177). The painting "Danae and the Golden Rain" was acquired in 1723 by Elector Friedrich August I of Saxony as a painting by Anthonis van Dyck, and was only later discovered to have been painted by the Elector's contemporary Gillis Backereel. Today the painting is though to have been destroyed, presumably burned during World War II. The depiction of "Cupid and Venus with the Torch" goes back to an oil painting on copper called "Cupid's Dance" by Francesco Albani, made in 1640 (gal. no. 337). It is the only painting besides Raphael's Madonna that can still be admired in the Dresden Gallery.
The Dr. Annedore Müller-Hofstede Collection.