CIRCA 1723-24
Painted on one side with merchants and their wares in a palace interior overlooking the sea with a ship on the water beyond, the other with a procession of Turkish figures, soldiers, horses and a caparisoned elephant on the shore and a dressed barge beyond with blackamoors aboard, within oval gilt scroll-edged cartouches with Böttger-lustre panels issuing shadowed iron-red scrolls, the interior painted possibly by J.E. Stadler with an Oriental holding a fan within a similar cartouche below a gilt band border (minor chip to footrim)
6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) diam.
The Property of a Lady, sale Christie's, London, 2 July 1984, lot 216.

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Lot Essay

The decoration on this slop-bowl is very unusual in that it combines a chinoiserie figure on the interior with both European subject matter and Eastern elements on the exterior. The processional elephant on one side is based on sheet 33 of Höroldt's sketchbook, known as the Schulz Codex, illustrated left. The palace interior depicted on the other side would appear to be inspired by contemporary baroque architecture, although no specific source has been identified.

A teapot and cover painted in a very similar hand, with a scene of figures and a camel on a quayside before a ship on the water within a cartouche of the same design as those on the present lot was sold at Sotheby's, Geneva on 12 November 1984, lot 157; the coffee-pot and cover, probably from the same service was sold at Sotheby's in London on 7 December 1971, lot 201. For a circular tureen and cover painted with a caparisoned elephant on a quayside see Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, Munich, 1966, pl. 55, no. 199.

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