• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1326

    A MEISSEN PORCELAIN OVAL SOUP TUREEN, COVER AND STAND

    CIRCA 1780, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, IMPRESSED 54 TO THE STAND

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MEISSEN PORCELAIN OVAL SOUP TUREEN, COVER AND STAND
    CIRCA 1780, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, IMPRESSED 54 TO THE STAND
    In the Sèvres style, painted with birds in landscapes within trellis arbors and with birds in flight, the tureen stand and cover with purple feuille-de-choux banding around the cover rim and cavetto
    16 ¾ in. (42.5 cm.) wide (the stand); 13 ½ in. (34.2 cm.) wide (overall)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    This soup-tureen and cover is related to a service with similar decoration that was ordered by Frederick The Great of Prussia for Graf Karl Wilhelm von Finckenstein (1714-1800), and it is possible that the present tureen may also have been commissioned by the King. Karl Wilhelm was the Prussian Ambassador to the Courts at Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg, and later went on to become first Cabinet Minister. The von Finkenstein service, of which at least half was sold at Sotheby's, London, 22 February 1988, lot 382, is decorated with blue borders to the rims and specimen birds. The shape of the present lot appears to be inspired by a Sèvres model, 'pot à oglio'. A tureen and cover of this form was sold Christie's, London, 28 November 1977, lot 145 and a further example was sold Christie's, London, 1 December 2015, lot 84.