18 May 1999
Six Meissen cutlery handles from the Mollendorf service
Each of oval section and slightly tapering form, painted in iron-red with bouquets of indianische Blumen enriched with gilding, between bands alternately moulded with musical trophies and flowers within scrolling cartouches, the orange-ground ends with gilt scale ornament, comprising:
Three handles fitted with silver-gilt dessert-spoons
Three handles fitted with silver three-tined forks (one with two hairline cracks, gilding of metal worn away)
(the handles with minute wear to gilding)
The handles 3 in. (9 cm.) long (6)
Anon., sale Christie's London, 7 October 1985, lot 148.
Part of the Mllendorf Service from the collection of the late Elinor Ingersoll was sold by Christie's New York on 11 November 1977, lots 47-58. Cf. Hans Syz et al., Catalogue of The Hans Syz Collection, no. 264 and the fork and spoon from the same service sold in these Rooms on 4 February 1980, lot 178.
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