Marcolini Meissen cup and saucer, each piece with a caramel rim and painted with black and yellow tulips, the cup with a molded geometric handle. Underglaze blue crossed swords and star mark. The saucer with overglaze puce '73' and impressed '13'; the cup with a small overglaze black cypher and impressed'7'.
Germany c. 1810
Saucer 5.5" diameter
Condition: Saucer: Small flakes to the yellow enamel of the flowers as seen in the photos and small chip to the foot rim.
The tulips on this charming Biedermeier cup and saucer appear to be a variety called Don Miguel, which appears in Robert Sweet's "The Florist's Guide and Cultivator's Directory", published in London between 1827-1829, plate 19. See photo. The Directory illustrates several varieties of black and yellow tulips, all now extinct.