Although jugs of this form have previously been described as cream-jugs, they were more probably for soup. The liquid was served in the jug and then poured into the stand to be drunk.
The example in the Rijksmseum, formerly in the Erich v. Goldschmidt Rothschild and Fritz Mannheimer Collections, has identical cartouches to the present lot. The saucer however is marked with an AR monogram, the only instance known on this form. According to the Rijksmuseum Catalogue, Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, 2000), p. 119, no. 68, AR marked cups and saucers were intended for the court at Dresden.