8 July 2002
A Meissen armorial two-handled beaker and saucer from the Albani-Borromeo Service
Circa 1730-35, blue crossed swords marks, the saucer with impressed * mark to footrim
Painted and gilded with shaped escutcheons with the accollée arms of Albani and Borromeo against ermine-line robes surmounted by a coronet supported by a putto, above pierced strapwork with a mask and basket of flowers flanked by palm fronds and festooned with garlands, the reverse with Orientals at various pursuits on a terrace, below a border of gilt interlocking scrolls, the double-scroll gilt handles surrounded by scattered indianische Blumen, the interior richly gilt, the saucer similarly decorated with scattered indianische Blumen about the central arms within a border of gilt interlocking scrolls, the underside with three Kakiemon flowering branches below a similar gilt border (beaker with restored rim chip with associated crack and minute wear to gilding, saucer with minute rim chip, slight wear to gilt rim and slight flaking to enamels of two flowers)
Anon., sale Galerie Jürg Stuker, Berne, November 1956, lot 343 or 344
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See footnote to the preceding lot.
(Right, detail of the arms on the beaker)
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