Cassidy-Geiger, Maureen Repraesentatio Belli, ob successionem in Regno Hispanico….' A Tea Service and Garniture by the Schwarzlot Decorator Ignaz Preissler, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal 24, 1989 pp. 239-254
See for a comprehensive discussion of the engravings produced to commemorate the War of the Spanish Succession, executed by different hands, published in Augsburg by Jeremias Wolff after 1714. Preissler appears to have quoted from numerous prints in his work on porcelain, including this saucer.
Hard-paste porcelain saucer, finely painted in red enamels with a battle scene, the foreground with an encounter between two cavalrymen, one seen from the rear shooting his pistol, the other advancing with his sword drawn.
This Meissen saucer was decorated by an independent enameller, Ignaz Preissler, ca. 1720-25. He has used only red enamel, but still manages to convey all the drama of the battle with a furious duel between two cavalrymen amid billowing gunpowder smoke.
The decorator was copying a print from a group produced by the publisher Jeremias Wolff in Augsburg, commemorating the Wars of the Spanish Succession. The prints show large-scale battles but include many encounters of this kind. They would no doubt have belonged to the patron who commissioned Preissler to decorate special items for himself or possibly as a gift for an important personage.