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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    A MEISSEN CHINOISERIE PART TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE

    CIRCA 1735, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, THE TEACADDY WITH PUCE ENAMEL CROSSED SWORDS, VARIOUS DREHER'S MARKS

    Price Realised  

    A MEISSEN CHINOISERIE PART TEA AND COFFEE-SERVICE
    CIRCA 1735, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, THE TEACADDY WITH PUCE ENAMEL CROSSED SWORDS, VARIOUS DREHER'S MARKS
    Painted in the manner of Christian Friedrich Herold with figures at various pursuits among furniture, terracing and shrubs, on elaborate gilt scroll supports with Böttger-lustre panels and gilt dot ornament panels, edged with purple and iron-red scrolls and centred by small oval Purpurmalerei panels of figures in river landscapes, the white bodies of octagonal section and painted with scattered insects, flowerheads, leaves and flower-sprays, the borders gilt with scrolls, comprising:

    A baluster coffee-pot and domed cover, with a double scroll handle, richly gilt finial and spout (slight chipping to rim of spout)
    A squat teapot and flat cover, the facetted bud finial and spout richly gilt, the loop handle with canted edges
    A sugar-bowl and cover with seated kylin finial
    A rectangular teacaddy and cover
    A slop-basin
    Six teacups with gilt foliate scroll handles
    Six coffee-cups with gilt foliate scroll handles (one upper handle terminal cracked)
    Six saucers
    (some areas of wear to gilding throughout)
    The teapot 4 5/16 in. (11 cm.) high, the coffee-pot 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) high


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    An octagonal tray or spoon rest, probably from this service, was sold in these Rooms on 7th February 1977, lot 225.

    Near complete services with chinoiserie decoration from this period are very rare indeed. This service is similar in spirit to the celebrated armorial service made for Clemens August of Bavaria, Archbishop of Cologne (see the beaker and saucer in this sale, lot 105, which is dated 1735), which also incorporates Purpurmalerei vignettes in the supports, and the present service almost certainly dates from a similar period. There are also similarities to the armorial services made for the Althann and Daun and the Trotha families, which are thought to date from circa 1735 and 1730-35 respectively. Both services have similar arrangements of figures on supports incorporating Böttger-lustre panels and edged with iron-red and purple feathered scrolls.

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    Provenance

    Baroness Eugène de Rothschild, sale Sotheby's London, 27th June 1978, lots 4-14.