For a full discussion of this rare ground colour, see Malcolm Gutter, 'Meissen Red Ground Wares', The Antique Collector February 1989, pp. 30-38, where he notes that there appear to be only five coffee, tea and or chocolate services, two travelling-cups, a pair of vases and two single vases manufactured with this ground colour. The present teacup and saucer is from a tea-service of which the teacaddy, the sugar-bowl and several teacups and saucers are known, see Mary Campbell Gristina, 'The Wark Collection Early Meissen Porcelain' The Cummer Gallery of Art Catalogue (1984), nos. 299-302 for three teacups and saucers and the teacaddy from the same service.
A cup and saucer from the same service was sold in these Rooms on 5th May 1970, lot 109; another on 26th October 1993, lot 409; another by Christie's Geneva on 13th May 1985, lot 140 and another by Sotheby's Zürich on 24th November 1992, lot 9.