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:
I know it was not made by Villeroy and Boch or R.S. Prussia. I thought perhaps by Nymphemburg since the palace is associated with swans… but I can’t find a single cup with a swan handle by them.
Here’s what I have found through my search on the internet:
|Meissen Swan cup from 1820.|
I don’t think the cup was all gold. I think it kind of looked like the ones below, but I thought there was more blue.
|From Meissen’s “Swan Service”, pattern from 1737.|
Maybe it was like this one: But, the bottom is purple. I thought it was blue. Plus, I don’t think it is manufactured any more and I think the ones I saw were repro of old patterns.