8 July 2002
A Höchst group of 'The Grape Thief' ('Der Traubendieb')
Circa 1765, blue wheel mark, various owner's marks and inscriptions in black ink, including exhibitor's V in black
Modelled by Johann Peter Melchior as a group of a grape-harvester wearing a pale-yellow broad-brimmed hat and pink breeches, seated on a low stone wall and surrounded by three children, he with one hand raised in strict admonishment as he offers a bunch of grapes to a little girl in a flowered dress kneeling before him, at his other side a boy steals grapes from a basket on the ground before him, on a rocky-mound base (basket of grapes restored)
7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high
Professor Soceb, 1977.
Paper label for Bruno Sandner Collection.
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Höchster Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts aus Privatbesitz (Frankfurt 1984), exhibition catalogue, p. 120.
Höchster Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts aus Privatbesitz, Frankfurt, 1984.
Cf. Kurt Röder and Michel Oppenheim, Das Höchster Porzellan (Mainz, 1930), fig. 465.
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