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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    A PAIR OF MEISSEN TWO-HANDLED OCTAGONAL CUPS AND SAUCERS

    CIRCA 1723-8, UNDERGLAZE-BLUE CADUCEUS MARKS TO CUPS, MONOGRAM (?) MARKS TO SAUCERS, EACH ENCLOSED BY DOUBLE CONCENTRIC CIRCLES

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF MEISSEN TWO-HANDLED OCTAGONAL CUPS AND SAUCERS
    CIRCA 1723-8, UNDERGLAZE-BLUE CADUCEUS MARKS TO CUPS, MONOGRAM (?) MARKS TO SAUCERS, EACH ENCLOSED BY DOUBLE CONCENTRIC CIRCLES
    Painted in the famille verte style with birds perched on rockwork among stylised foliage below insects, the borders with narrow cell-pattern bands reserved with elongated panels of demi-flowerheads between iron-red lines, the vignettes on the cups resting on underglaze blue concentric lines (2)


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    The present pair of cups and saucers are from a collection which originally had five identical examples, the other three were sold in these Rooms on 28th March 1977, lots 7 and 8. See Dr. Erika Pauls-Eisenbeiss, German Porcelain of the 18th Century (London, 1972), Vol. I, pp. 368-9, for one of a pair of similar cups and dodecagonal saucers from the Pauls Collection, which bears a Japanese Palace inventory number.

    The significance of the marks on the saucers of the present lot is intriguing and perhaps disguises the initials (CJ?). The Pauls Collection example has a pseudo Kang xi mark.

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    Provenance

    The Property of a Noted European Collector, Part II, sale Christie's London, 17th October 1977, lot 18.