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A Meissen chinoiserie plate

CIRCA 1735, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK AND DREHER'S QUARTERED CIRCLE TO FOOTRIM FOR MÖBIUS

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A Meissen chinoiserie plate
Circa 1735, blue crossed swords mark and Dreher's quartered circle to footrim for Möbius
The centre painted with four Oriental figures in iron-red and purple robes, one seated with a monkey, another with balls on a stick and two watching two dogs with their puppies supported on an elaborate gilt diaper lustred platform reserved with three purpurmalerei quatrefoil medallions of shore scenes within a lustred border of gilt diaper panels dividing four enamelled panels of merchants on quaysides flanked by four purple bowls of flowers and gilt ombrierte scrolling foliage (some wear to enamels of well)
9 in. (22.9 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Miss H. Argyropoulo, sale Christie's London, 12th May 1927, lots 37-39 (which are indistinguishable in the catalogue, but which were all bought by Wittekind for a total of 1,110 guineas)
With Arthur Wittekind
Dr. Albert Kocher, Bern
E. Gaillet, Bern
Dr. Paul Schnyder von Wartensee, Lucerne, his executors sale, Sotheby's, 29th June 1982, lot 96
Literature
The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, Vol. 12/1984, Gillian Wilson, Adrian Sassoon, Charissa Bremer-David, 'Aquisitions made by the Department of Decorative Arts in 1983', p. 221, fig. 30.
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Lot Essay

There were six pieces from this service in the Argyropoulo sale in 1927. Two of them are now in the Rijksmuseum, see Abraham L. den Blaauwen, op. cit. (Amsterdam, 2000), no. 89. The present lot was certainly one of the other four. Other similar dishes are in the Hoffmeister Collection, see Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts (Hamburg, 1999), Vol. I., no. 66.

The subjects on the present lot are derived from sheet no. 44 of the Schulz-Codex (illustrated above). Though it is possible to ascribe the decoration to C.F. Herold, too little is known about J.G. Höroldt's mature style to discover whether he might have been involved in the decoration of this major series of pieces.
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