Solitaire set belonging to the Prince
© Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken – Alte Sammlung, Foto: Gerhard Heisler
Height of the mocha pot 14 cm
Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken – Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz
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.