in the manner of Ignaz Preissler, painted in black and iron-red, heightened in gilding, on one side of the ovoid body with a fashionably dressed lady seated holding a lute beside two cherubs supporting a basket of fruit and on the other with a lady seated caressing a child beside a vase of flowers on a circular table above a foliate scrollwork border around the stepped rectangular base, set across the top with five flared ribbed spouts painted with further scrollwork and affixed on either side with a camel's head handle.
Only one other vase of this model appears to be recorded, an example painted with the monogram and arms of Bernard Georg Feiherr von Mikosch and inscribed "Vienne 12 Julii 1721", which is presently in the collection of the British Museum and illustrated by Meredith Chilton in "Du Paquier and the Challenges of Chronology", Fired by Passion, Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, Meredith Chilton and Claudia Lehner-Jobst, ed., p. 270, no. 3:42, and by Ghenete Zelleke, "Du Paquier's Diversity of Sources", ibid., p 353, no. 4:72, where the author discusses the origins of the vase's design in similar Dutch Delft models of the early 18th century.
Ignaz Preissler (1676-1741) was one of a number of Breslau Hausmaler, active during the early 18th century, decorating porcelain of both the Meissen and Du Paquier manufactories. The attribution of pieces decorated by him is addressed and fully discussed by Sebastian Kuhn, "The Hausmaler", ibid., pp. 522-528, where the author illustrates, on pp. 523-24, several pieces decorated with Schwarzlot scrollwork similar to that of the present example and generally thought to be characteristic of Preissler's decoration. A rare Du Paquier teapot and cover, painted in Schwarzlot with Chinoiserie figures and similar foliate scrollwork was sold by Sotheby's, London, June 2, 2005, lot 37.
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