6 December 2004
A MEISSEN TWO-HANDLED SMALL ECUELLE, COVER AND STAND
CIRCA 1725-28, BLUE ENAMEL CROSSED SWORDS MARKS AND GILDER'S 4. MARKS
The écuelle with gilt-edged pierced ear-shaped handles, each side painted in the Höroldt workshop with Orientals on terraces within gilt quatrefoil cartouches with Böttger-lustre panels and edged with iron-red and purple scrolls, on a waisted foot with gilt bands, the domed cover with a gilt ball finial flanked by two similar scenes within a band of gilt Laub-und-Bandelwerk enclosed by double iron-red lines and gilt band rim, the stand with indianische Blumen within a similar gilt border, the centre with a raised rim enclosing a vignette of a bird in flight above a cat on a stylised fence, the underside with three iron-red sprays of indianische Blumen (areas of minute wear, écuelle with minute chipping to rims, cover with small minor chip to flange on interior)
The stand 5½ in. (14.1 cm.) diam.
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A similar écuelle, without its stand, was sold in these Rooms on 8th July 2002, lot 17. Another, on which the handles were inverted, was sold by Christie's Geneva on 8th May 1989, lot 62.
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