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A very rare Meissen Hausmaler grotesque teapot and cover
circa 1725
Estimate
40,00060,000
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10
A very rare Meissen Hausmaler grotesque teapot and cover
circa 1725
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A very rare Meissen Hausmaler grotesque teapot and cover
circa 1725
in the form of a bearded figure squatting on a shell, his arms emerging from beneath a cloak holding a fish to form the spout, the handle formed by a bacchanal caryatid supporting a female faun, the cover shaped as a helmet surmounted by a frog, decorated in gilding in Augsburg, probably in the workshop of Abraham Seuter, each side with a chinoiserie vignette on a scrollwork pedestal, the area beneath the spout with elaborate scrollwork textile patterns, the handle and spout gilt, the cover with scrollwork panels
Quantity: 2
15.5cm., 6 1/8 in. high
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Catalogue Note

After a design by Jacques Stella, published in his Livres des Vases of 1667 and illustrated by Siegfried Ducret, Meißner Porzellan, vol.I, ill.147. The model has previously been attributed to Gottlieb Kirchner, who joined the Meissen manufactory in 1727, but the weekly reports of the Dreher and Former at the Meissen manufactory between 1722 and 1728, recently published by Claus Boltz, 'Die wöchentlichen Berichte über die Tätigkeit der Meissner Dreher und Former vom 6. Juni 1722 bis 31. Dezember 1728', in Keramos, 178/2002, pp.3-147, suggest that the form was produced as early as 1722 (p.112, no.99 "Theekrügel, Waßermann"). 

A similarly decorated example of this rare form was sold from the collections of the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden, Sotheby's Baden-Baden, 7th October 1995, lot 1308. A variation of the model, decorated in Augsburg with birds perched on branches, was sold from the same collection, lot 1333.

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