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    Sale 7430

    A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen and Continental Porcelain

    11 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 103

    A PAIR OF MEISSEN YELLOW-GROUND PLATES FROM THE SAXON ROYAL HUNTING SERVICE

    1733-34, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, JAPANESE PALACE INVENTORY NUMBER .N148- W MARKS, DREHER'S IMPRESSED QUARTERED CIRCLE MARKS TO FOOTRIMS

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF MEISSEN YELLOW-GROUND PLATES FROM THE SAXON ROYAL HUNTING SERVICE
    1733-34, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS, JAPANESE PALACE INVENTORY NUMBER .N148- W MARKS, DREHER'S IMPRESSED QUARTERED CIRCLE MARKS TO FOOTRIMS
    Painted in the Kakiemon palette enriched in gilding, the bright yellow ground reserved with three quatrefoil panels around a central chrysanthemum-shaped scalloped panel, each central panel painted with a flying phoenix among three flowering chrysanthemum and peony plants, the quatrefoil panels with flowering chrysanthemum, peony and prunus plants, within white line borders and brown line rims (areas of wear to ground around central reserves, one with short firing crack from rim, minute firing blemishes to both, minute wear to rims)
    8 15/16. (22.6 cm.) and 9 in. (22.8 cm.) diam.


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    See Dieter Hoffmeister, Katalog der Sammlung Hoffmeister (Hamburg, 1999), Vol. II, pp. 412-413, no. 272 for a similar plate, and where he notes that the Saxon Royal Hunting Service is the only Meissen dinner-service known to have a coloured ground. According to a surviving invoice, the service was delivered to the Japanese Palace in 1734, and originally only had 39 plates, one of which was subsequently broken at a dinner held for the King of Prussia on 2nd September 1777. The yellow ground was derived from the yellow and blue hunting livery of the Electoral Huntsmen (both colours were used on the garniture of vases made about six years later for Augustus III's hunting castle, Schloss Hubertusburg, a pair of which were sold in these Rooms on 12th October 1995, lot 70).

    Also see Ingelore Menzhausen, Alt-Meissner Porzellan in Dresden, no. 82 for a tureen and a fluted dish from the same service. Two plates from the service (with the same inventory numbers as these plates) were sold in the Johanneum Duplicate Sale, Dresden, 1920, lots 145 and 146 (pl. 9). Another plate, from the Deane Johnson Collection, Bel Air, was sold by Sotheby's New York on 9th December 1972, lot 67, another by Christie's Geneva on 9th May 1988, lot 63, and another in these Rooms on 14th July 2006, lot 84.

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    Provenance

    Augustus III, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden.