Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
German Literature, University of Oxford

Meissen porcelain chocolate cup and tea bowl
Object number: WA1977.246-7


On arranged marriages among royalty.

How does porcelain represent a royal marriage? When Maria Amalia of Saxony married Carlo, King of the Two Sicilies, in 1738, she brought Meissen porcelain with her to Naples. Her grandfather had founded the first European porcelain factory in 1710 and the Saxon court often presented porcelain to ambassadors and others who helped them to broker strategic political marriages.



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