A MEISSEN FIGURE OF A DWARF, 'MONSIEUR PIPEROUK' THE PORCELAIN CIRCA 1725, THE DECORATION PROBABLY LATER
modeled standing on a canted base, wearing a pointed hat, a robe painted with puce flowers and tied with an iron-red band and yellow shoes, embellished in gilding, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue.
Height: 3⅞ in.
1/4 inch chip to edge of base at the back. Two small flat chips under the edge of the base at one side. Firing crack where figure joins the base at the back, but it does not appear to have been detached from the base. Very minor rubbing to gilding. The green enamel is fired with a thin, matt appearance and varies in color from a yellowish to a turquoise green.
The stick that he probably once held appears to have been lost in the firing, as the fingers and the indentation under the fingers for the stick are glazed over.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby's London, March 15, 1983, lot 85
Lempertz, Cologne, November 20, 1987, lot 724
Lempertz, Cologne, November 19, 2004, lot 134
Angela Gräfin von Wallwitz, Munich, November 2005
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 44, p. 256, illus.
A variation of this figure of similar height but standing on a quatrefoil base and decorated in gilding and black enamel was in the Collection of Otto and Magdalena Blohm, sold Sotheby's London, July 5, 1960, lot 148, and is illustrated in Friedrich H. Hofmann, Das Porzellan der Europaischen Manufakturen im 18 Jahrunderts, Berlin, 1932, p. 317. This model has previously been cataloged as adapted from plate 27 of Il Callotto resuscitato, oder, Neü eingerichtes Zwerchen Cabinet, of circa 1715, titled 'Monsieur Piperouk, Directeur der grossen Companie Tabak Negotianten in Virginien und Brasilien'. Sotheby’s Scientific Research department used non-invasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was detected.