New York, Park Avenue
21 May 1997
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
A LARGE MEISSEN ARMORIAL DISH FROM THE SWAN SERVICE
Circa 1737-41, incised // and former's mark _ for Grund Sr., modelled by J.J. Kändler and J.F. Eberlein for Count Brühl
The shell-patterned surface moulded in low relief with two swans and a heron among bulrushes, fish and shells, another heron in flight, the borders painted with indianische Blumen flanking the coat-of-arms, the shaped rim enriched with gilding
13 3/8in. (34cm.) diam.
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The Arms are those of Heinrich Graf von Brühl, Director of the Meissen factory from 1735-63 and his wife Gräfin Franziska von Kolowrat-Krakowska whom he married in 1737.
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately