A PAIR OF MEISSEN OVAL SMALL BASKETS CIRCA 1735
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, the exteriors molded with basketwork and affixed with two handles terminating in masks representing the four seasons, the interiors painted with vignettes of two cockerels and the rims embellished in gilding, crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue.
Width: 7⅛ in.
One basket has one handle cleanly broken off and restored back on. Both baskets have restored chips and losses to the mask terminals, mostly to the leaves and other vegetation on the headdresses.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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.
Property of Lydia Morrison, Sotheby's New York, October 27, 1992, lot 23
E. & H. Manners, London, June 2002
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 195, p. 448, illus.