A GROUP OF PORCELAIN WARES LATE 17TH CENTURY/18TH CENTURY
十七世紀末/ 十八世紀 瓷器四件
comprising a Chinese blue and white wine cup painted with flowers, and possibly later decorated in Europe, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N-142-+, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period; a Japanese Arita octagonal saucer painted with panels of chrysanthemum, lotus, prunus and other flowers, Edo Period, late 17th Century; a Meissen saucer painted with shishi, and a Meissen two-handled cup, the handles formed of birds heads, painted in the Gelber Löwe pattern, crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue. 4 pieces.
Height of Meissen cup: 2⅝ in.
The rim of the Chinese cup with 2 minor chips, The Japanese saucer in overall good condition, both pieces with minor firing imperfections and minor wear to the surface. The Meissen cup with a U-shaped section out to the side and glued back with associated losses restored at the rim and along the crack, with two restored rim chips and a chip to the exterior footring. The beak of one handle restored. The Meissen saucer with a section of rim out and broken into two pieces and restored back with associated overpaint.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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The Chinese wine cup:
The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
Gift of Peter Rosenberg, Vallin Galleries, Wilton
The Japanese octagonal saucer:
Andreina Torre Collection, Zürich
Sotheby's London, November 18, 1996, lot 15
The Chinese wine cup: Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 371, p. 709, illus.
The Japanese Octagonal saucer: Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 373, p. 711, illus.
For the small Chinese wine cup, the 1779 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists ‘Six pair of the same blue and gold small teacups painted with flowers and blue rims, No. 142’ Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, New York, 2008, p. 709. A second example of the Meissen two-handled cup was sold at Christie's New York, April 27, 1984, lot 42.