A MEISSEN PORCELAIN 'SCHNEEBALLEN' PART TEA SERVICE, CIRCA 1745
painted with scenes after Watteau of figures in landscape en grisaille, within cartouches above diaper pattern supports surmounted by flower baskets, comprising: a circular basin; baluster jug; five teacups, a coffee-cup and ten saucers; a similar teapot; a baluster jug; a two-handled circular sugar bowl and cover; a saucer painted with a vignette of figures; and a large circular bowl and cover, the interior richly gilt, the interior of the cover reserved with a roundel of figures in landscape, blue crossed swords marks, gilt IV: to the first part service, some minor damages and restoration, including one to a lid
Overall in good order and of good appearance, in detail:
A circular basin, minute chipping to footrim, probably from manufacture, some patches of flaking to turquoise enamel on leaves.
A baluster jug would originally have had a cover, some minute chipping to footrim which has been gilt over at time of manufacture, the green enamels are quite mottled and over-fired.
Five teacups, one cup is of slightly different construction, the interior of the footring does not have moulded and painted flowers, the cartouche to the interior of the cup is also slightly oval. one handle has a small section of the stem chipping off.
A coffee-cup, two footrim chips, the enamel on the leaves and stems is mottled.
Ten saucers, one leaf to the exterior chipped, one with notable footrim chip, otherwise in generally good order.
A similar teapot, lacking cover, restored to much of the spout, perhaps with some replacement, some restoration to green leaves.
A baluster jug, lacking cover
A two-handled circular sugar bowl and cover, the finial has been broken off and restored, one handle has been broken off and re-stuck (in need of restoration), the other handle has the stems either side if the main stalk chipped off. Slight rubbing to gilding.
A saucer painted with a vignette of figures, extensively restored and discoloured to the interior.
A large circular bowl and cover, the interior richly gilt, the interior of the cover reserved with a roundel of figures in landscape, the green leaves have been restored with some replacement of chipped off sections, finial restored.
"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Sale Sotheby's, London, 23 February 1988, lot 363 (part), 366 (part), 367-371;
Sotheby's, Geveva, 14 November 1989, lot 13 (part).