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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 52

    A MEISSEN KAKIEMON SLENDER SAKE-FLASK

    CIRCA 1725-30, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, DREHER'S MARK OF A QUARTERED CIRCLE FOR SCHUMANN, WHEEL-ENGRAVED JAPANESE PALACE INVENTORY NUMBER N=338-/W

    Price Realised  

    A MEISSEN KAKIEMON SLENDER SAKE-FLASK
    CIRCA 1725-30, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, DREHER'S MARK OF A QUARTERED CIRCLE FOR SCHUMANN, WHEEL-ENGRAVED JAPANESE PALACE INVENTORY NUMBER N=338-/W
    Painted with scattered motifs including a figure of a boy standing on a tiled rectangle, a shishi lion in turquoise with gilded tufts of hair, a pheonix, a bird perched on a scroll, grasshoppers, a buttefly and insects among tied bouquets, pine and flowering branches (some minor glaze blemishes to rim)
    8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high


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    This distinctive pattern of scattered beasts, insects and flowers derives from Japanese porcelain, and it was used at both Meissen and Chantilly on vases and wares in the late Baroque period. An identical sake-bottle (Inv. Nr. P.E. 623) in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden, is illustrated by Masako Shono, Japanisches Aritaporzellan im sogenannten 'Kakiemonstil' als Vorbild für die Meissener Porzellanmanufaktur Exhibition Catalogue (Munich, 1973), pl. 28, and also by Ingelore Menzhausen, Porzellansammlung im Zwinger (Dresden, 1986), p. 71. For a pair of cylindrical vases with waisted necks, see Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum Rijksmuseum Catalogue (Amsterdam, 2000), Vol. 4, no. 139.

    For a 17th century Japanese jar and cover with this pattern, see John Ayers, Oliver Impey, J.V.G. Mallet et. al., Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750 Exhibition Catalogue (London, 1990), no. 145. For a Chantilly bottle-cooler and tobacco-jar of the same pattern, see Geneviève Le Duc, Porcelaine tendre de Chantilly au XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1996), pp. 85 and 112 respectively.

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    Provenance

    Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, Japanese Palace, Dresden
    Eugène Gutman Collection
    With Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc., New York
    Miss Ilse Bischoff, sale Sotheby's New York, 24th February 1978, lot 93 Anon. sale Christie's, Geneva 11th May 1987, lot 150.