A MEISSEN DUTCH-DECORATED COFFEE-POT AND COVER CIRCA 1720-25
of pear shape affixed with a scroll handle, brightly enameled on either side with two parrots perching in budding rose stems above a stylized rock, the cover similarly decorated, the lower body and handle with a band of iron-red beribboned flowerheads,
Height: 7⅛ in.
Cover and coffee pot both in good condition.
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Dr. Edward G. Schiffman Collection
Sotheby's New York, October 20, 1994, lot 208
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 301, p. 607, illus.
The pattern is derived from engravings features on Chinese Export porcelain. A selection of Chinese Export blue and white teawares embellished in this pattern is illustrated in Helen Espir, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain 1700-1830, London, 2005, p. 67, fig. 24., who discusses the 'parrot pattern' and an engraving by Adriaen Collaert (1580), the source of such motifs, pp. 143-46. Samuel Wittwer, The Gallery of Meissen Animals, Augustus the Strong's Menagerie for the Japanese Palace in Dresden, Munich, 2006, p. 125, fig. 129, illustrates an engraving by Matthäus Merian the Younger of the same parrots but in reverse. A Chinese Export blue and white teapot with this Dutch Decoration was sold at Sotheby's New York, January 31, 1991, lot 478