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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    A CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN HAUSMALEREI OBLONG OCTAGONAL SUGAR-BOX AND COVER

    THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1720, VIENNA (DU PAQUIER) OR BÖTTGER, THE DECORATION CIRCA 1740

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    A CONTINENTAL PORCELAIN HAUSMALEREI OBLONG OCTAGONAL SUGAR-BOX AND COVER
    THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1720, VIENNA (DU PAQUIER) OR BÖTTGER, THE DECORATION CIRCA 1740
    Of squat bombé form, painted predominantly in purple, black and iron-red with vignettes of seated figures and exotic birds among objects and Oriental shrubs on green and yellow grassy mounds, the ends with a flying serpent and a stylised dolphin, between gilt bands, the stepped cover with trailing flowers below a 'cracked ice' pattern band, the finial flanked by an exotic bird above terracing and a pagoda above grassy mounds (cover with small restored chip to corner and another to flange, very small chip to cover edge, underside edge of cover with shallow chip and slightly ground, minor chipping to interior rim of the box, some areas of wear to gilding, minor flake to one vignette)
    4½ in. (11.4 cm.) wide


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    The form of this sugar-box, probably based on a silver original, is typically seen in early Böttger red stoneware and porcelain, the porcelain examples often incorporating chinoiserie designs (see lot 26 this sale). The form and paste of the present example are more crude by comparison so a Vienna attribution should be considered. The decoration, though similar in overall style to Höroldt and his studio is closer to a style traditionally associated with the Hausmalern J.P. Danhöffer and Christian Daniel Busch. For a discussion of the problems of attribution to these decorators, see S. Ducret, 'Johann Philipp Danhöffer oder Christian Daniel Busch?', Keramos, no. 17 (1962), pp. 19-26.

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