Name of Object:

Breakfast Set


Zagreb, Zagreb County, Croatia

Holding Museum:

Museum of Arts and Crafts


c. 1776

Type of object:



Friedrich Cristian Kühnel (painter) (1719, Unknown-1792, Unknown)

Period of activity:

From 1740

Museum Inventory Number:

MUO 1019, 1037-1050, 1417, 1418

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Porcelain with painted and gilded decoration

Place of production:



Tray: 30 cm x 30 cm; height of milk jug: 8 cm; height of sugar bowl: 8 cm; height of teapot: 14 cm; height of cups: 7cm and 4.5 cm; diameter of saucers: 13.3 cm; length of spoon: 11 cm

Workshop / Movement:

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory


The breakfast set consists of a triangular tray, a sugar bowl, teapot, milk jug, high and low cups with saucers and porcelain teaspoons. The tray has rounded corners and a bevelled, scalloped rim. The teapot is potbellied with a curving handle and a tubular spout. The milk jug has a potbellied body on three short legs imitating twigs, a curved handle and short lip. The cups and the sugar bowl are simple in shape, on a low round base, and without handles. All parts of the set have gilt, lacy decorative edges. The knobs of the lids are in the shape of a rose. Each item of the set depicts a different war scene whose actors are Croatian border troops and the Pandurs of Baron Franjo Trenk, shown at moments of rest and while in action. Some of the scenes on the pieces are after Martin Engelbrecht’s prints. All items show the mark of the Meissen manufactory: crossed swords and a star, or a dot below and the impressed mark: X, P, 60, 64.

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How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis and from the marks of the Meissen manufactory.

How Object was obtained:

Purchased from the collection of the Zagreb art collector, Levin Horvath in 1885, 1888 and 1895.

Selected bibliography:

Staničić, S., "Ratni prizori s hrvatskim sudionicima na porculanu meissenske proizvodnje", Od svagdana do blagdana: barok u Hrvatskoj , Muzej za umjetnost i obrt, Zagreb, 1993, p. 170.
Staničić, S., Porculan. Meissen-Beč. Zbirka keramike Muzeja za umjetnost i obrt, Zagreb, Zagreb, 2004, p. 60.

Citation of this web page:

Marina  Bagarić "Breakfast Set" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019.;BAR;hr;Mus11;27;en&id=porcelain

Prepared by: Marina BagarićMarina Bagarić

SURNAME: Bagaric
NAME: Marina

AFFILIATION: Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia

TITLE: Senior Curator, Head of the Ceramics Collection and Architecture

Marina Bagaric studied Art History and Russian Language and Literature at Zagreb University, and was awarded her MA in the History of Architecture in 2006. She has been a curator at the Museum of Arts and Crafts since 1998, and since 2004, a Senior Curator and head of the Ceramics Collection and Architecture Department. She has curated exhibitions of contemporary Croatian ceramics, and is author and contributing author of various articles and catalogues associated with the Museum’s exhibitions: Art Nouveau in Croatia (2003), Tuscan Donations (2004) and Hidden Treasures from the Holdings of the Museum of Arts and Crafts (2005/6).

Copyedited by: Graham McMaster
Translation by: Graham McMaster
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: HR 27

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