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This ecuelle (small covered bowl) and stand (underplate) reflect the 18th century European interest in the natural sciences, particularly the scientific investigation and classification of animals and insects. The manufactory acquired many atlases with detailed depictions of birds, insects, plants and small animals, which were represented in full detail on porcelain.
The yellow enamel color of these pieces is a result of the work of Johan Gregorius Höroldt (1696-1775), famed colorist of the Meissen Manufactory, whose experiments and recipes expanded the spectrum available to porcelain painters. Due to its association with the Chinese emperor, yellow was among the first ground colors developed, and was a favorite of Augustus the Strong (reg. 1694-1733).