TWO MEISSEN PISTOL-SHAPED CUTLERY HANDLES CIRCA 1735
each slightly flattened with chamfered edges and gilt-metal-collars, one fitted with a steel blade and the other with a two-tined fork, painted with European landscapes of figures before distant hills or rivers, the edges embellished with gilt foliate scrolls and puce scrolls reserving iron-red flowers.
Length of handles: 3⅛ in.
Fork handle - fine haircrack running from the mounted end approx half way along one painted panel, through the sky, and another fine haircrack running from the mounted end approx one inch along one puce scroll panel.
Knife handle - 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.
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.
Helmut Joseph Collection
Morley-Fletcher, 1979, p. 98
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 179, p. 429, illus.