17 June 2003
A GRISAILLE AND GILT 'MARTIN LUTHER' TEABOWL AND SAUCER
Decorated at the centre en grisaille with a bust-length portrait of Martin Luther holding a quill and book in a circular medallion, the exterior of the teabowl with the portrait repeated in two medallions reserved on a ground decorated with delicately-drawn flowers and foliage, the rims with a narrow band of gilt and grisaille scrolling foliage, teabowl with shallow rim chip
the saucer 4 5/8 in. (11.9 cm.) diam.
François Hervouët no. 547, sold Sotheby's London, 3 November 1987, lot 868.
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F. Hervouët and Y, Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 272, fig. 11.45.
See footnote to previous lot. This earlier service has been taken from an engraving by Jan Luiken (1649-1712), probably after a portrait by Cranach the Younger; it was included in a Lutheran Bible published at the beginning of the 18th century and is a much closer rendition of the original print than the portrait on the later service. A very similar teabowl and saucer from the collection of Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann was sold in these Rooms, 10 April 2002, lot 437.
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