A MEISSEN SMALL FLUTED TEAPOT AND COVER AND A JAPANESE IMARI TEAPOT AND COVER CIRCA 1729-31 AND EDO PERIOD, EARLY 18TH CENTURY | マイセン 色絵ティーポット、1729-31年頃 伊万里 色絵ティーポット、18世紀初
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
A MEISSEN SMALL FLUTED TEAPOT AND COVER AND A JAPANESE IMARI TEAPOT AND COVER CIRCA 1729-31 AND EDO PERIOD, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
the Meissen teapot and cover painted in an Imari palette with two vignettes of stylized flowers issuing from rockwork, the handle and spout each painted with a band of blue enamel, crossed swords mark in blue enamel, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=470-/W to underside of teapot and cover; the Japanese teapot painted in underglaze-blue, iron-red and gilding with a similar pattern.
Height of Meissen teapot: 3¼ in.; Japanese teapot: 3⅛ in.
8.4 cm; 8 cm
The Japanese teapot: In overall good condition with two minor chips on the foot. Otherwise with minor firing imperfections including glaze lines running the length of the spout and minor wear to the iron-red enamels and gilding. The Meissen teapot: the cover with minor chips and nicks on the underside rim, the teapot with a minor chip to the spout. Some flaking blue enamels on the handle and the spout, with the largest area on the handle measuring approx. 0.6 cm. Overall with minor firing imperfections and light wear to the surface.
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Meissen teapot: The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's London, October 3, 1988, lot 150
Sotheby's London, November 19, 1996, lot 114
Antiekgalerie Het Loo, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, December 1997
Both: Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 124 and fig. 124.1 p. 356, illus.
The Meissen teapot was part of a selection of items made for the Paris merchant Rudolf Lemaire, which subsequently entered the Royal Collection. For further reading on the subject see Claus Boltz, 'Hoym, Lemaire und Meißen', Keramos 146, 1994, pp.3-8, and the note to lot 353.
The 1770 inventory of the Japanese palace records: 'Zehen Stück differente Thée Potgen, mit Deckel, Henckel und Schnautzen mit Blumen auch bunten und goldenen Zierrathen gemahlt, No. 470', [Ten pieces different teapots, with covers, handles and spouts painted with flowers and also with color and gold ornaments, No. 470.], Claus Boltz, 'Japanisches Palais-inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769', Keramos 153, 1996, p. 62.