A RARE BÖTTGER STONEWARE SMALL TEA CANISTER CIRCA 1710-13
of hexagonal form, the sides cut and polished.
Height: 3 in.
Several very small chips around the edge of the base. Also some glue residue adhering here, possibly the piece had a mount at some point.
There is a fine 1 inch curved crack to the upper part of one panel at the shoulder, this looks to have been stablized. There is a 1 inch crack or scratch to another panel at the shoulder which runs diagonally, this looks more like a scratch. There is a fine old 1 inch crack running vertically down the side of one panel.
Overall despite the above the piece presents well and the damage is not immediately apparent.
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.
Mildred R. and Rafi Y. Mottahedeh Collection, sold, Sotheby's New York, November 11, 2000, lot 8
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 135, p. 368, illus.
Another example with an impressed Dreher's mark was in the Spitzner Collection, now in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden, inv. no. P.E.1688. A further example molded with birds perched in branches is in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Gerhard Bott (ed.), Böttgersteinzeug und frühes Meißener Porzellan, Eine Ausstellung Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg 1982, Nürnberg, 1982, p. 52, no. 34.