A MEISSEN WHITE PIERCED OVAL 'SEWING' BOX AND COVER CIRCA 1740
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, the double-walled pierced base, applied with hanging flower swags held by putti, set with female bust handles, the cover surmounted by a crown knop held by two putti, the whole applied with ten escutcheons, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue.
Width: 9⅞ in.
Cover - half inch chip to inner edge of rim. Some very minor chips to lower edges of four shields around the rim.
Box - one female bust handle entirely chipped away. Two putto entirely chipped away, a third missing his head. Very minor chips and losses to applied flowers and leaves. Chip to end of one paw foot.
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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.
Christie's London, February 28, 1994, lot 246
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 255, p. 536, illus.
This form derives from shapes seen in Augsburg silver and is referred to in Kändler's Taxa or work records for October 1738 as a 'Drüssel Kästgen', made for Queen Maria Josepha, see Ulrich Pietsch, Die Arbeitsberichte des Meissener Porzellanmodelleurs Johann Joachim Kaendler, 1760-1775, Leipzig, 2002, pp. 57-58.
The form re-entered production in the 19th century. A pair of 19th century examples was sold at Sotheby's New York, October 17, 2015, lot 721.