20 - 21 April 2005
A PAIR OF LARGE MEISSEN FLOWER-ENCRUSTED POT-POURRI VASES, COVERS AND TWO STANDS
Late 19th century, blue crossed swords marks, both vases incised 2745., one stand incised 605., impressed 64 and painted 28.
Each pierced rocaille-moulded cover surmounted by a large bouquet, above an inverted pear-shaped vase, finely painted after Watteau with vignettes of 18th century couples in garden landscapes, the reverse with bouquets of deutsche Blumen within an applied flower and fruit surround scrolling to form the vine handles, the lower socles similarly moulded, and applied with either a nymph or a putto holding a basket of flowers, a companion putto above, the rims richly gilt, raised on Meissen flower-encrusted stands
27½ in. (69.8 cm.) high, overall (6)
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See the catalogue note for lot 255.
Fewer than 30 of these horseshoe-back armchairs are known to exist. This one comes to auction on 13 September in New York
Important Chinese works of art from one of America’s leading cultural institutions coming to auction in New York