A MEISSEN KAKIEMON OCTAGONAL BOWL CIRCA 1725-30
the interior with two boys holding a flowering branch on a string enticing two blue spotted mythical beasts, the exterior with two female figures holding flower branches alternating with vignettes of flowering branches issuing from banded hedges, the brown-edged rim painted with a foliate scrolling band, enriched in gilding, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue.
Width: 8¼ in.
There is a restored 2 1/2 inch crack running down from the rim through one of the blue lion dogs. There is another restored 2 1/2 inch crack running down from one corner - the corner is heavily restored and possibly has a made up area of loss on the rim approx 1 inch by half and inch at this point. There is a short restored crack running down from the rim over the head of one of the figures.
There are three firing tears to the footrim.
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Röbbig München, March 2005
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 157, p. 397, illus.
A Japanese Kakiemon ten-sided bowl decorated in this pattern, formerly in the Royal Collections of Saxony, bearing Japanese palace inventory number N=94-/ ⬜, is illustrated in Weber, 2013, Band I, p. 25, abbs. 5. Weber illustrates a close Meissen copy of circa 1723, which had been selected by Augustus the Strong to be included in the gift given to King Vittorio Amadeo of Sardinia in 1725. This bowl featured painting in underglaze-blue whereas the present bowl is painted in overglaze-blue enamel. The bowl was in the Collection of Hans and Marianne Krieger and later sold at Bonhams London, June 18, 2014, lot 44.