Property from a Private European Collection
A MEISSEN THREE PIECE GARNITURE OF VASES AND COVERS
each of baluster form with dome covers below onion finials, the central vase with dolphin and leaf moulded scroll handles, painted in the Kakiemon palette with birds among flowering branches issuing from pierced wrapwork and vignettes of stylized flowers, within gilt quatrefoil panels, blue AR mark to central vase, Dreher's mark of a quartered circle, the flanking vases with blue crossed swords marks
the central vase: 52cm. high, 20 1/2in; the flanking vases: 42.5cm. high, 16 3/4in.
Overall of good appearance, with some areas of restoration and firing faults original to the vases.
The central vase and cover: the cover with approximately 40 percent of the circumference of the flange restored, a faint hairline crack from the rim and a further faint hairline crack to the flange, patches of flaking to the gilt cartouches. The rim of the vase has a small section chip above the front cartouche with an associated crack extending down to the base of the neck which has been restored, with associated overpainting. Minor chipping to footrim, probably from time of manufacture.
The flanking vases are marked with crossed swords marks. Overall in very good condition. The example with a bird with a crest has a minor chipping to footrim and a small firing crack to the footrim. The other example has a firing tear to the paste of the underside revealing a small hole with associated hairline cracks issuing from either end and extending to the edge of the foot on one side and above the foot on the other, two further firing cracks just above the footrim. Both vases have s lightly grey paste with some speckling to the surface (more pronounced on the example with the crested bird), both covers in generally good order with some patches of wear to the gilding.
"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."
With The Antique Porcelain Company, New York.
Anonymous, sale Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 16th October 1987, lot 29.
With Galerie Jacques Perrin, Paris.