A MEISSEN GILT-MOUNTED SCENT BOTTLE CIRCA 1725
in the form of a curved powder flask, painted in the manner of Johann Gregorius Höroldt, on each side with Chinoiserie scenes depicting figures in multi-tiered pagodas engaged at various pursuits between raised ribs edged in Böttger lustre, and multi-colored stripes, the tip of the flask with two lobed bands with puce and iron-red foliate scroll work, the uppermost against a purple-ground with yellow scale borders, the crescent moon stopper attached by a chain, the cover of the base secured by a pin, painted with indianische Blumen.
Length: 5⅜ in.
There is overpainted restoration to two sides of the base panel. A restored crack extends from the base rim of the bottle, up through the gilt metal pin, curving up and around approx 1 1/2 inches. A fine crack extends from the base rim up through the other pin approx 1 inch - the two cracks do not appear to meet but it is impossible to be sure.
There is a star crack to the side of the bottle not pictured in the cat photo, extending approx 1 inch in three directions.
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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Rudolf Just Collection, Prague,
Sotheby's Olympia, December 11, 2001, lot 41
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 250, p. 530, illus.