A MEISSEN CHINOISERIE PLATE CIRCA 1725-30
painted with four flowering branches of indianische Blumen in the center within a band of gilt scrollwork, the rim reserved with four quatrefoil panels of Chinoiserie figures within Böttger lustre filled frames alternating with indianische Blumen, the reverse with three further branches of indianische Blumen, AR mark in underglaze-blue, incised Dreher's mark X for Johann Christoph Pietzsch, Sr. or Johann Daniel Rehschuh (Rückert, 1990, pp. 123-24).
Diameter: 9¼ in.
There are two approx 1/8 inch chips to the rim edge. Otherwise in good condition.
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Fritz Mannheimer Collection, Amsterdam
Frederik Muller & Cie Amsterdam, October 15, 1952, lot 340
Christie's Geneva, November 12, 1984, lot 167
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 177, pp. 426-427, illus.
The present plate belonged to a set of six when sold from the collection of Amsterdam-based collector, Fritz Mannheimer, in 1952, all of which were in a single lot. The five other plates subsequently entered the Rothschild Collection, and sold in anonymous sales at Christie's London, March 28, 1977, lots 42 (two) and 43 (one); and October 17, 1977, lot 69 (two); these latter two were later sold at Christie's July 9, 2001, lots 206 and 207.
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, p. 426, suggests they may once have been part of a table service, possibly for the King, for the Japanese Palace, or for use as a diplomatic gift.