A MEISSEN IMARI FLUTED SAUCER CIRCA 1730
painted in underglaze-blue and enriched in iron-red and gilding with a vase of flowers within a blue band, the rim with three flowering branches, gilt-edged rim, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, K. / H. C. in dark puce enamel for Königliche Hof-Conditorei.
Diameter: 6⅛ in.
3/8 inch rim chip at approx 5 o'clock, visible in the catalogue photo. Several very shallow, very minor restored rim chips or flakes to the upper rim edge.
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The Collection of the Royal House of Saxony
Probably moved to Schloss Moritzburg, Saxony, circa 1925 (bearing partially legible Schloss Moritzburg red-lacquered inventory number I.A. 939(?))
Andreina Torre Collection, Zürich
Sotheby's London, November 18, 1996, lot 21
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 214, p. 474, illus.
Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, illustrates a Japanese dish of similar size and decoration from the Dresden Collection with incised inventory number N:20.+, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain 1710-50, New York, 2008, p. 475, figs. 214.1. and 214.2, noting that such porcelains were collected by European courts for use by the Hof-Conditorei. For a discussion of the Dresden Hof-Conditorei, or Court Pantry, see the paper by Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, 'Hof-Conditorei and Court Celebrations in 18th century Dresden', International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Handbook, 2002, pp. 20-35.