A MEISSEN LARGE DISH FROM THE 'GELBER LÖWE' SERVICE CIRCA 1730-35
painted in Kakiemon style with a tiger curling around bamboo facing flowering prunus branches issuing from a tree-stump, the rim edge painted in brown enamel, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised numeral 2 to inside edge of footrim, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N= 207-w.
Diameter: 11⅞ in.
The dish is in overall good appearance and generally good condition. There are two minute chips the rim, and some scattered flaking to the brown enamel of the rim. There is some glaze wear to the cavetto which has resulted in some minor rubbing to the puce tree branch and blue bamboo shoot.
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The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
Dr. Edward G. Schiffman Collection, sold, Sotheby's New York, October 20, 1994, lot 218
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 188, p. 440, illus.
The 1770 inventory of the Japanese palace record: 'Sieben Stück differente Assietten, mit braunen Rand, inwendig ein Löwe mit blauen Rohr aufm Kopf, auch Blumen und Aesten gemahlt, No. 207.', [Seven pieces with various decoration, with brown borders, painted with a Lion, blue tubes, also flowers and branches painted], Boltz, 1996, p. 80. Other plates from the service are recorded with the Japanese Palace inventory number N=8-/ w., as recorded by Boltz, 1996, p. 72. Pieces bearing this number were part of the order of Paris merchant, Rudolph Lemaire, which were eventually confiscated and incorporated into the Royal Collection; see the note to lot 353.
The Gelber Löwe service and its history in the 18th century is discussed at length in Weber, 2013, Band II, pp. 265-274.