An antique, beautiful quality decorative, hard paste Meissen porcelain table bell decorated with applied flowers and fruits interspersed with polychrome hand painted insects on a rich gilded lace effect decoration. Inside the bowl of the bell there are four further hand painted insects and the inner rim has a "dot and ball" gilded border. There is no maker's mark but the quality of this item shines out. We think that it is early to mid 19th century, however it may possibly be earlier.
The bell is in fair antique condition. There are some minor losses to the flowers as would be expected, there is a stabilised crack and the handle has been restuck. The clapper may possibly be a replacement. It still rings! Please see the images.
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Overall Height 7.5 inches ( 19 cm)
Hell height 6 inches (11.3 cm)
Body diameter 2.86 inches (7.32 cm)
Weight 153 grammes unpacked
We have seen an identical one to this described as :
Table bell, Meissen, around 1740, flowers and fruits, rich applications, polychrome painting, encircling insects, rich golden lacedécor, this slightly abraded, age related at the appliqués damaged, H.approx. 12 cm .
German Description: Tischglocke, Meissen ( Meißen ), um 1740, Blumen und Obst reich appliziert, polychrome Bemalung, umlaufend Insekten, reicher Goldspitzendekor, dieser leicht berieben, altersbedingt an den Applikationen bestossen, H.ca. 12 cm
It was Lot 5066 at Henry's Auktionshaus AG on October 1, 2016 in Mutterstadt, Germany which sold for €320