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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    A MEISSEN OCTAGONAL PLATE FROM THE CHRISTIE-MILLER SERVICE

    CIRCA 1742, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, PRESSNUMMER 22

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    A MEISSEN OCTAGONAL PLATE FROM THE CHRISTIE-MILLER SERVICE
    CIRCA 1742, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, PRESSNUMMER 22
    The centre painted with an extensive river landscape with travellers resting on a rocky path, another with a pannier on his back and one on horseback before distant buildings and flanking a central tree within an octagonal black line panel, the gilt diaper-pattern well reserved with four quatrefoil panels with figures and ladies in landscape vignettes within a border with four reserves, two with gallants and companions in landscapes and two with figures in landscapes within black and gilt line quatrefoil cartouches on a ground of gilt ombrierte entwined foliage scrolls, shells and lines, gilt line rim (very slight wear to well in seven places, slight flaking to gilt rim)
    9½ in. (24.1 cm.) wide


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    The engravings by Melchior Küssel published in Underschidliche Prospecten Welche er in dennen Landen Italiae und dan auf seiner Heimreis, Friaul, Kdrnten, Steir, nach dem Leben gezeichnet, In das Kupfer gebracht durch Mechioren Küssell zu Augsburg (1681), and in Iconographia, begreift in sich Allerhand Meerporten, Gaerten Palatia, so durch Italia und benachbarten Provincien zu sehen, von dem Auctore nach dem Leben gezeichnet, Augsburg...durch Mechoir Küssell (1682) were used as the principal graphic sources for this service.

    Samuel Christie-Miller reputedly bought the service in Paris from a member of the House of Orléans in about 1840, but the early provenance of this service still remains obscure, and it is not known for whom the service was originally made. Ulrich Pietsch suggests that the sheer quality of the decoration, executed by the leading artists at Meissen, Christian Friedrich Herold, George Heintze and Bonaventura Gottlieb Häuer, indicates that it may have been a gift from Augustus III to the French Court. This is extremely probable, given that his daughter Josepha married the Dauphin in 1747.

    Until the appearance of 72 pieces from the Estate of the late S.R. Christie-Miller at Sotheby's London in 1970, only one piece of the service, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, had been known and published. For the example in the Carabelli Collection, Switzerland, see Ulrich Pietsch, Frühes Meissner Porzellan, Sammlung Carabelli Catalogue (Munich, 2000), pp. 242-243, no. 118, and p. 244, where he mentions an example in the Pauls Collection, Switzerland which has a G.H. monogram on the saddlebag of a horse, which he attributes to George Heintze. For the examples in Hamburg, see D. Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, Katalog der Sammlung Hoffmeister (Hamburg, 1999), Vol. I, nos. 96-101. Three dishes from the service, sold by Sotheby's on 7th July 1970, lots 1, 20 and 43, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are illustrated by Hugo Morley-Fletcher, Early European Porcelain & Faience as collected by Kiyi and Edward Pflueger Catalogue (London, 1993), pp. 42-45.

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    Provenance

    The late S.R. Christie-Miller, sale Sotheby's London, 7th July 1970, lot 9
    Anon., sale Christie's Geneva, 14th November 1983, lot 168.