A MEISSEN BLUE AND WHITE SAUCER DISH CIRCA 1721-22
painted in underglaze-blue with a riverscape scene of four sailing vessels flanked by river banks and ducks in the foreground, the rim with a stylized diaper band, the underside with a café-au-lait ground, caduceus mark in underglaze-blue within concentric blue circles, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N:68-w.
Diameter: 7⅝ in.
There is a fine five pointed star crack to one side of the center, which extends almost to the footrim in three directions. There is a further fine crack running around the cavetto, showing just inside the footrim on the reverse approx a quarter of the way around. Some small patches of kiln grit adhering to the center, visible in the catalogue photo.
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The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden (delivered in February 1722)
Rudolph Lepke Berlin, October 7-8, 1919, lot 221, or 222
Mrs. A. S. Fischer
Christie's London, February 15, 1960, lot 45
Hans Backer, London
Sotheby's London, October 21, 1980, lot 48
Hans and Marianne Krieger Collection, Grosshansdorf
Pietsch, 1993, pp. 76-77, cat. no. 61
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 210, p. 470, illus.
The 1721 Inventory of the Dresden collection lists: 'Hierzu kombt ferner was Ihro Königl. Mayt. Ao. 1722 im Monath Februario in das Palais gegeben haben. N. 68. Ein halb Dzt. runde auswending braune, innwendig blau und weiß gemahlte Schaalen. 1 1/2 Z. hoch und 8 Z. in Diam.', [Here comes further what His Royal Highness had given in Feb 1722 to the palace. n. 68. A half dozen round dishes, brown on the outside, blue and white on the inside. 1 1/2 z. high, 8 z. diam.].
Four dishes are still retained in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden, one of which is illustrated in Arnold, 1989, exh. cat., pp. 130-131, no. 9.; a fifth was in the Sotheby's 1980 sale, lot 47, and is now in the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ob. no. G83.1.657, illustrated in Zumbulyadis, 2006, p. 39, fig. 28. As such this is the only dish of the original group of six in private hands.
This painting has been traditionally ascribed to the blaumaler Johann Caspar Ripp (1681-1726) who was a trained faience painter.