A RARE MEISSEN POWDER-BLUE-GROUND SAUCER CIRCA 1730
decorated in gilding with a scene of two fighting cockerels and two winged insects above, beneath a gilt scrollwork border on the rim, the underside with flower branches of indianisiche Blumen and three small winged insects, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised Dreher's mark / to inside edge of footrim.
Diameter: 4⅞ in.
Some wear to the gilding on the cockerels, visible in the catalogue photo, otherwise in good condition.
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.
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Sotheby's Zürich, December 7, 1995, lot 53
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 84, p. 311, illus.
The saucer copies Chinese export wares. Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, New York, 2008, p. 311, notes that the present saucer was probably a sample for the interior of the Japanese Palace. A Meissen teabowl with an iridescent brown/black lacquered ground, decorated with gilt fighting cockerels, is in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim, Munich, illustrated in Julia Weber, Meißener Porzallane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern, Band II, 2013, p. 330, kat. 319, where the present piece is cited; a teabowl and saucer is in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, and a teapot was in the Klemperer Collection, cat. no. 113 (not illustrated), all of which feature an underglaze-blue "H" mark. An iridescent brown/black lacquer-ground teabowl with a gilt bird in flight was sold at Christie's London, Property of the Byrnes Children Trust, May 12, 2010, lot 61.