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Partial Krokus Coffee Service

Manufacturer: Meissen Porcelain Manufactory

Date: 1896
Dimensions:
Overall (Tray): 3/8 × 15 3/8 × 14 3/16 in. (1 × 39 × 36 cm)
Overall (Coffeepot): 6 7/16 × 5 11/16 × 3 3/8 in. (16.3 × 14.4 × 8.6 cm)
Overall (Coffeepot Lid): 2 15/16 × 3 5/16 in. (7.5 × 8.4 cm)
Overall (Creamer): 4 1/8 × 3 3/8 × 1 7/8 in. (10.4 × 8.5 × 4.8 cm)
Overall (Beaker): 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (9.5 × 8.9 cm)
Overall (Beaker Saucer): 13/16 × 6 1/8 in. (2 × 15.5 cm)
Overall (Cup): 3 11/16 × 3 × 2 1/8 in. (9.3 × 7.6 × 5.4 cm)
Overall (Cup Saucer): 13/16 × 5 15/16 in. (2.1 × 15.1 cm)
Medium: Porcelain, enamels
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Robert Siebelhoff
Object number: G12.5.1.1-5
DescriptionThe large German porcelain factories were slow to adopt the Jugendstil and the Krokus -déjeuner service marks a turning point for Meissen and other factories. The design was originally made for a competition for “a modern and inexpensive déjeuner (breakfast service) in both shape and decoration,” held by the Meissen management in 1896. Inspired by the crocus blossom - both in the vessel’s shape and in its high-temperature shades of color - Hentschel designed the déjeuner along the lines of the floral art nouveau. The design was exhibited at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900; with more than 25 sets sold, it was considered a great success. Between 1902 and 1904, Hentschel expanded the breakfast service into a larger dinner and tea service. The Krokus-Déjeuner played a pioneering role in the field of utility porcelain in the art nouveau manner. The first example of the genre, it stimulated further experiments by other artists at Meissen.