This hot-chocolate beaker is almost identical to a Japanese Kakiemon beaker in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, both in design and dimensions. In both cases the diameter of the rim matches the beaker’s height perfectly, and the Meissen example differs from the Japanese original only by 2 millimetres. For the Rijksmuseum beaker, see Christiaan J.A. Jörg, Fine & Curious, Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 203, no. 260.
A large beaker of the similar (slightly more slender) form decorated with the same pattern is in the Arnhold Collection and illustrated by Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain 1710-50, London, 2008, p. 309, no. 82 (purchased from Christie's, London, 14 June 1994, lot 209); another similar beaker with a Japanese Palace inventory number is in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim, Munich; see Julia Weber, Meissener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern, Munich, 2013, Vol. II, p. 191, no. 162.
When cocoa was first introduced to Europe it was very high in fat content and did not dissolve easily in either hot milk or hot water, so tall beakers were designed in which it was possible to mix the contents more effectively.