Nice German Cup & saucer, marked Augustus Rex, 19th ct

Nice German Cup & saucer, marked Augustus Rex, 19th ct. ca. 1880

Ã~ saucer 11.1 cm.

Condition: perfect!

The Meissen Augustus Rex Mark.

The augustus rex mark or monogram (AR) was introduced by Meissen in the first half of the 18th century when the crossed swords were introduced.

The AR monogram was a special mark reserved for objects used by the court of Elector August the Strong, founder of the Meissen factory and later reigning monarch of Poland, King August II. It was also added to pieces produced for the court of his son, August III, who succeeded him in 1733.

All court pieces were marked with the AR monogram, and occasionally the mark was added to gifts produced for royal visitors.

The mark was always applied by hand, in underglaze blue, and some variations exist. However pieces marked with the AR monogram were produced in the very early days of the meissen factory and are mostly decorated with oriental motifs, in the Bottger chinoiserie or the kakiemon style.

It goes without saying that surviving pieces are very rare and very expensive and that t are almost none available on the open market. Most if not all of the existing pieces are part of Royal or museum collections.

You do see AR marked porcelain for sale at auctions on internet auction sites and
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