PROFESSOR HELEN WATANABE-O'KELLY, MEISSEN PORCELAIN CHOCOLATE CUP AND TEA BOWL

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.

"This tea bowl and chocolate cup show scenes of merchant shipping, reminding us that tea and chocolate were imported goods"

Chocolate Cup and Tea Bowl
Meissen
1740
WA1977.246
Second Floor | Gallery 40 | European Ceramics

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