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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 219

    A MEISSEN DOLPHIN TUREEN AND COVER

    MID 18TH CENTURY, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK

    Price Realised  

    A MEISSEN DOLPHIN TUREEN AND COVER
    MID 18TH CENTURY, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK
    The scaly fish modeled with bulging eyes, its tail curled back to form a handle, water spouting from between its large teeth and nostrils
    9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm.) long (2)


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    Other tureens of this model were sold Christie's, London, 7 July 1985, lot 106; as well as The Collection of René Fribourg, Sotheby's, London, 25 June 1963, lot 19; 4 June 1974, lot 187; 21 October 1975, lot 184; and 17 June 1986, lot 246.

    Though dolphins were a popular decorative element in 18th century silver and porcelain, stand-alone figures like the present tureen are far less common. The popularity of the dolphin in its traditional 'supporting' role is evidenced by surtout de table, finials, and tureen feet in the Swan Service. A single much smaller Delphin figure was also made for the service, but at 8 cm. it was much less prominent than a tureen and would have been absorbed into the larger table setting. (Compare Scwanen service, Meissner Porzellan für Heinrich Graf von Brühl, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, 2000, p. 45, fig. 30 and 31; p. 165, cat. no. 39; p. 186, cat. no. 77; and p. 193, cat. no. 98.)

    Provenance

    With the Antique Porcelain Company, New York.
    The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 11 April 1980, lot 167.
    The Estate of Wendell Cherry; Sotheby's, New York, 25 October 1991, lot 306.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF CANADIAN COLLECTORS