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Solitaire set belonging to the Prince

Ottweiler Manufactory

Scan01 BEA frei Fuersten Solitaire

Date

1765

Dimensions

Height of the mocha pot 14 cm

Material

Porcelain

Owner

Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken – Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz

Description

A solitaire set is a breakfast set and tray for one person. This specimen is a treasure in many respects: not only was it made by a small, highly regarded manufactory, it is also a complete set in good condition and, as such, very rare. The small set belonged to William Henry, Prince of Nassau-Saarbrücken and consists of a maple leaf-shaped tray, a teapot, a coffee pot, a sugar bowl and a small plate with a high rim. There are doubts as to whether the Prince, who had the porcelain manufactory in Ottweiler set up to enhance the status of his principality, actually used the set, however. After all, he would rarely have taken breakfast alone, that is, without female company.

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