A MEISSEN CAFE-AU-LAIT-GROUND BOWL CIRCA 1735
the exterior painted in Kakiemon style with a flowering branch of indianische Blumen issuing from pierced rockwork and a bird in flight, the interior with a flower and smaller sprigs, brown-edged rim, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed Dreher's mark of two circles for Johann Gottlieb Kühnel (Rückert, 1990, p. 124).
Diameter: 6⅝ in.
3/8 inch restored chip to exterior rim above main floral decoration. Some wear to brown enamel on rim edge and to flower on interior. Scattered light scratches to exterior.
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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Dr. Paul von Ostermann Collection, Darmstadt and Munich
von Ostermann Collection, sold, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, October 30 - November 2, 1928, lot 231
Lisa and Heinrich Arnhold, Dresden
Berges, 1967, p. 39, fig. 33
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 159, p. 399, illus.
A further bowl in this rare pattern was in the Hoffmeister Collection and published in Hoffmeister, 1999, Vol. II, no. 289.
Wares of this type were inspired by Chinese famille-verte examples which were in the Royal Collection in Dresden. Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, p. 399, illustrates a Kangxi example with incised inventory number N=259-1.