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A PAIR OF GERMAN SILVER VEGETABLE-DISHES AND COVERS
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A PAIR OF GERMAN SILVER VEGETABLE-DISHES AND COVERS

MARK OF PAUL INGERMANN, DRESDEN, CIRCA 1745

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A PAIR OF GERMAN SILVER VEGETABLE-DISHES AND COVERS
MARK OF PAUL INGERMANN, DRESDEN, CIRCA 1745
Cylindrical on short spreading foot, with foliage and berry cast scroll handles, the detachable covers with fruiting finials above detachable foliage and berry calyx, engraved underneath with inventory numbers 3 and 4, each marked underneath and on cover bezel
10 in. (25.5 cm.) wide over handles
114 oz. (3,545 gr.) (2)
Provenance
Almost certainly supplied to Frederick Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and Augustus III, King of Poland (1696-1763) and by descent to his son
Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony, (1722-1763) and by descent to his son
Frederick Augustus I, King of Saxony, (1750-1827) and by descent through the Kings of Saxony to
Frederick Augusus III, King of Saxony until 1918 when the monarchy was abolished (1865-1932) and by descent to his third son
Prince Ernst Heinrich of Saxony, Duke of Saxony, (1896-1971).
One purchased in 1974 from Heinrich, Frankfurt, who had purchased it from the heirs of Prince Ernst Heinrich of Saxony, Duke of Saxony.
One anonymous sale; Christie's, Geneva, 26 April 1977, lot 196.
Literature
A. Gruber, Gebrauchssilber des 16. bis 19. Jahrhunderts, Fribourg, 1982, p. 142-143, no. 182
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While not engraved with initials it seem probable that these vegetable dishes form part of a service supplied to Frederick Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and Augustus III, King of Poland (1696-1763). Paul Ingermann is recorded by O'Byrns in 1880 as producing the 'Dresden Service' in 1746 (U. Arnold, Dresdner Hoffsilber des 18. Jahrhunderts, Dresden, 1994, p. 38) and it is perhaps that service to which the present dishes belong.

They are close in form to another, later, example by Christian Heinrich Rossbach of Dresden made to match examples, possibly the present lot, from the 'Dresden Service' (U. Arnold, op. cit., p. 42, fig. 22). The finials can also be compared to other examples made for the court at Dresden including examples from the 'FA in Shield Service' such as a pair of dish covers, (Sotheby's, London, 23 November 2004, lot 83A), though that pair are lacking the berried calyx.

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