LONDON - This week’s sale, entitled A Tale of Two Cities, Venice and Dresden, Two Private Collections, saw competitive bidding in the saleroom, online and the telephone banks.
The first section of the sale consisted of a private Collection of German porcelain led by an exceptionally rare Nymphenburg figure of Pierrot modelled by Franz Anton Bustelli, which realised a price of £93,750, a new record for Nymphenburg porcelain at auction. The figure belongs to a group of sixteen characters from Commedia dell’Arte modelled by Bustelli in 1759–60 and is widely considered to be his most important work. This example which bears the “F.B” mark proves that this copy was the first version to be completed by Bustelli.
AN IMPORTANT NYMPHENBURG FIGURE OF PIERROT FROM THE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE, CIRCA 1759-65. SOLD FOR £93,750.
The opening section of the sale also contained a diverse cross-section of works from the Meissen factory, capturing the range of production and the breadth of innovation the craftsmen there accomplished. For example, a unique collection of Meissen tankards fully demonstrated the diversity of the decorator’s workshop and sold as a group for over £196,000.
Other Meissen highlights included a pair of gilt-bronze mounted Meissen figures of a Persian and companion, modelled by J. J. Kändler and P. Reinicke, which realised a price of £68,750.
A MEISSEN COFFEE POT AND COVER, CIRCA 1725-26. SOLD FOR £22,500.
Prior to the sale we were fortunate enough to be able to welcome Fiona Milne, UK Managing Director and Liane Werner, Vice President of The Meissen Couture Art Collection, who joined us in our galleries and spoke about the work of the factory both in the past and present. The Meissen Couture Art Collection also sponsored our exhibition of the works in our sale, linking the 18th and 19th century works in the sale with the present.