THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN CIRCULAR TUREEN AND COVER
painted in an expanded Imari palette with underglaze-blue flowers picked out in gilding alternating with large enameled chrysanthemums and peonies, the tureen and the cover affixed with curved fish handles, their scales picked out in gilding, green, puce and iron-red, crossed swords in underglaze blue to interior base of tureen
width across handles 12⅜ in.
Tail tips of fish handles restored. To the cover, approximately 75% of the rim has been sprayed. the central raised area of the cover is not sprayed and the handle appears intact with object. At one side of the cover, isolated to approximately 1/4 of the circumference, a curving crack line becomes visible when viewed with a strong light. The line begins at the rim and curves into the dome and down terminating on the same side, possibly a re-stuck section or restored hairline crack. It is difficult to determine extent of damage due to spray but both pieces are in good appearance.
Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.
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.
Tajan, Paris, June 21, 1993, lot 296
G. Röbbig, Munich
A tureen of this form painted in an Imari palette is in the Dr. Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim, published in Julia Weber, Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern, Munich, 2013, Vol. II, pp. 74-75, cat. no. 56, where the author notes that the form is first mentioned in the factory records in March 1722. An example painted in underglaze-blue from the Malcolm D. Gutter Collection is illustrated in Weber, ibid., p. 76, and in Maria L. Santangelo, A Princely Pursuit, Munich, 2018, no. 27.