Lot 7
  • 7

A Meissen two-handled vase and cover circa 1725-30

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 GBP
Sold
67,250 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • large square crossed swords mark in underglaze blue, collector's label for Dr. Franz Oppenheimer, another inscribed 7731
  • porcelain
  • 33cm., 13in.
of gadrooned form with broken-scroll handles, the  Boettger lustre gadroons gilt with scrollwork, the body and cover moulded with colourful flower sprays and a border of tasselled lappets, painted with Chinoiserie groups and floral vignettes below birds in flight, the domed cover with similar moulding and vignettes and with large gadrooned acorn finial, the moulded details picked out in green, blue and purple enamels and gilding (finial restored, handle finial re-stuck, other minor damage)

Provenance

Franz Oppenheimer - F. Mannheimer Collection,  auction sale, Frederick Mueller, Amsterdam, 14 - 21st October 1952, lot 280

Maurice de Rothschild Collection; his (anon.) sale, Part II, Christie's, London, 17th October 1977, lot 7

with Kate Foster Antiques, London in 1978

Catalogue Note

This is one of three examples of this rare form which have some claim to having been decorated at the factory.The other two are similarly decorated, though neither has the Chinoiserie figure vignettes; one is in the Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim, illustrated by R. Rückert, Meissner Porzellan, pl. 12, and the other one in Dresden, illustrated by Handt and Rakebrand, Meissner Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, pl. 9.

There are also three clearly outside-decorated examples; two also from the Mannheimer collection, sold Amsterdam, 14th-21st October 1952, lot 279, and later the Maurice Rothschild Collection, (anon. sale) Christie's, 28th March 1977, lot 2; and one from a private collection, illustrated by S. Ducret, Meissner Porzellan, pl. 374l., where Ducret attributes the Chinoiserie decoration to Elisabeth Wald.

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