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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    A MEISSEN HAUSMALEREI PART TEA-SERVICE

    CIRCA 1725-28, THE AUGSBURG DECORATION CIRCA 1728-35, THE TEABOWLS AND SAUCERS WITH DREHER'S INCISED MARKS TO FOOTRIMS

    Price Realised  

    A MEISSEN HAUSMALEREI PART TEA-SERVICE
    CIRCA 1725-28, THE AUGSBURG DECORATION CIRCA 1728-35, THE TEABOWLS AND SAUCERS WITH DREHER'S INCISED MARKS TO FOOTRIMS
    Decorated by Abraham Seuter with Purpurmalerei figures, their faces, arms and hands enriched in flesh tones, within silver cartouches surrounded by husks or Laub-und-Bandelwerk, the scalloped silver borders edged with scrolls, comprising:

    A bombé silver-mounted teapot and cover, one side with figures in a street outside a building, the other with a woman flanked by two men holding her wrists, the cover with small portrait panels, the cover attached by a chain to the handle and spout (silvering oxidised and extensively worn in places, tip of scroll on handle chipped, slight chipping to tip of spout, finial with small chip to underside of knop, interior flange of cover chipped)

    Two teabowls and saucers, one teabowl with a lady smoking a pipe, the Sgraffito smoke filling the air, each saucer with two figures, one pair playing backgammon (silvering oxidised and worn in places, one teabowl with restored rim chip and fritting to footrim, other with crack from rim and shallow chip to side of footrim, one saucer with four or more restored rim chips)
    The teapot 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high (3)


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    The print sources for the scenes on the teapot are by Johann van der Gucht after Cypel from John Watt's publication of The Works of Molière (London, 1739), Vol. VI. See Siegfried Ducret ibid., p. 181, nos. 243 and 244, and p. 185, no. 251 for other pieces decorated with similar scenes from Molière derived from the same print sources.

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    Provenance

    The teapot is illustrated by Siegfried Ducret, Meissner Porzellan (Brunswick, 1972), p. 180, no. 241, and p. 184, no. 250. The teabowls and saucers are illustrated on p. 187, nos. 255, 256a, 256b and 257.