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Meissen teabowl and saucer, circa 1740, decorated in the Kakiemon style with the Schmetterling pattern with a large butterfly resting among flowering branches, the well of the teabowl decorated with a floral spray, the loop handle with iron red spearhead decoration, the rims glazed brown, with underglaze-blue crossed swords mark to base, the saucer with incised dreher’s mark ‘52’ to inner footrim, the teabowl with ‘YY; diameter of saucer: 5 ¼ in. (13.4 cm.), height of teabowl: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.); condition: minor wear to enamels. The Royal hunting palace at Hubertsburg had an entire service of this design listed in its inventory 'mit dem Papillon gemahlet' (see Weber J., ‘Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern’, p. 344), the pattern first appears in 1730s.