A MEISSEN HAUSMALER PLATE CIRCA 1735-40
painted by Hans Gottlieb von Bressler, with four putti playing games, in a gilt and brightly enameled cartouche frame, the rim with four panels of alternating fruit and flowers connected by gilt strapwork, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised Dreher's mark XI or IX
Diameter: 9⅛ in.
There is a shallow half inch chip to the upper edge of the rim at approx 3 o'clock. Some wear to the gilding on the rim edge.
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.
M. Salomon, Dresden
Lisa and Heinrich Arnhold, Dresden, May 1929
M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, California, 1965, illus. exh. cat.
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 325, p. 642, illus.
The four figures are taken from two engravings La Jouste and La Poste, taken from Jacques Stella's Les Jeux et plaisris [sic] l'enfance, published in 1657 in Paris, pl. 35, reproduced by Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, New York, 2008, figs. 325.1, 325.2.
Hans Syz, et. al, Catalogue of The Hanz Syz Collection, Washington D.C., 1979, Vol. 1, p. 514, notes that Hans Gottlieb, a student of Ignaz Bottengruber, was a member of the Silesian Nobility [his son Gottleib Wilhelm, born in 1743, was elevated to the title of Graf in 1781], and for the last eleven years of his life was the Mayor of Breslau. It is believed he decorated porcelain as gifts for members of his family. Other pieces from this service were still in possession of the Counts of Bressler, when published by Gustav E. Pazaurek, Deutsche Fayence-und Porzellan Hausmaler, Leipzig, 1925.