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    Sale 1987

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 143

    A VIENNA OVAL TRAY

    DATED 1816, BLUE BINDENSCHIELD MARK, IMPRESSED DATE CIPHER 816 FOR 1816 AND CONJOINED JP OR IP, THE FRONT SIGNED JOS(EF) NIGG FECIT

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VIENNA OVAL TRAY
    Dated 1816, blue Bindenschield mark, impressed date cipher 816 for 1816 and conjoined JP or IP, the front signed Jos(ef) Nigg fecit
    Finely painted with a floral still-life of yellow and pink roses, asters, daffodils, dahlias, nasturtiums, and other flowers in a glass bowl resting on a marble ledge by an open window overlooking a veranda, a blue bird perched on an ivy vine eyeing a butterfly above, the gilt border chased as stiff-leaf tips, signed along the left edge of the ledge
    16 5/8 in. (42.3 cm.) long


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    The painter Joseph Nigg (1782-1863) specialized in flowers and is considered the most outstanding artist in this subject of his time. The present lot, executed when he was 34, is a salient example of his early style. He was employed by the Vienna factory from 1800 until 1843, becoming head of the flower painting department in 1816. Throughout this period the Vienna factory was recognized as the leading factory in this genre. It is rare for a bird to appear in one of his still life compositions.

    For other examples of Nigg's flower painting on porcelain, see Mrazek and Neuwirth, Wiener Porzellan 1718-1864, Vienna, 1970, no. 720, Farbtafel XVII; also the oval tray dated 1807 offered anonymously, Christie's, London, 18 May 1999, lot 154.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Palais Dorotheum Kunstabteilung, Vienna, 23 September 1996, lot 67.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF CANADIAN COLLECTORS