The Elusive German "Swan" Tea Cup
I'm getting ready to fly off to Germany soon and it has me thinking... am I going to ever find that tea cup with the swan handle again? Back in 1999 when I visiting Germany for the first time, I remember seeing a beautiful porcelain tea cup that had a swan head/neck shaped as the handle. I had never seen anything like that before. I swore to myself I would some day purchase said tea cup... except now I can't remember who makes it!
I can't remember exactly where I saw it either... there's only two places. One is either in the fancy porcelain display case at the Neuschwanstein Castle or at a fancy porcelain shop we went to in Munich. At the castle, it would have been a copy of the swan service that King Ludwig II would have used.
There are several German porcelain manufacturers that could have made it:
Here's what I have found through my search on the internet:
|Meissen Swan cup from 1820.|
|From Meissen's "Swan Service", pattern from 1737.|
|Dresden demitasse tea cup from 1895-1918 on a Rosenthal blank with an eagle handle|