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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 10

    A PAIR OF MEISSEN COBALT-BLUE-GROUND CAMPANA VASES

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, DECORATED BY ERNST AUGUST LEUTERITZ, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, ONE IMPRESSED 20

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    A PAIR OF MEISSEN COBALT-BLUE-GROUND CAMPANA VASES
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, DECORATED BY ERNST AUGUST LEUTERITZ, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, ONE IMPRESSED 20
    Each with a frieze finely enamelled in the Renaissance style with scenes of Bacchic revelry, flanked by gilt-enriched entwined serpent handles, on spreading socle
    12½ in. (32 cm.) high; 11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) diameter (2)


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    Ernst August Leurteritz was born in 1818 near Meissen, came to the factory as an apprentice in 1836, studied under Rietschel and was engaged as a modeller in 1846. From 1849 to 1886 he held the post of manager and top modeller. Dr. K. Berling, Meissen China, p. 86, pl. 91 notes, 'During these many years he did great service to the factory by his extraordinary activity and skillfulness'.

    An example of the present model, with different frieze depicting the 'Procession of Alexander', is illustrated in The Art Journal Catalogue of the Paris Universelle Exposition of 1867, London, 1867, p. 120. Here the reviewer notes this exceptional vase, 'contributed by the Royal Manufacture of Dresden (Meissen)... [is] a Vase of great beauty both in form and in the art that adorns it'.

    In addition to this seminal exhibition, this form was prominently displayed at the 200th Anniversary Exhibition of the Manufactory in 1910. See Robert Roentgen, The Book of Meissen, p. 130, fig. 74 and p. 206, fig. 320. The director of the manufactory at that time, Privy Councilor Gesell, stated 'The Royal Porcelain Factory already in the first century of its existence began to run the victorious course through the whole world and even today its artistic production are in great demand. They are highly valued by modern civilization at the Rhine as at the Newa, at the Seine as at the Mississippi at the Thames as at La Plata'.

    As only a small number of these vases were produced, it is reasonable to speculate that the present pair are from this celebrated series.

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