THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN LARGE CIRCULAR DISH FROM THE SWAN SERVICE
modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler, in low relief with two swimming swans among bulrushes with a crane in flight above, upon a spiral shell-molded ground, the rim painted with the Brühl and Kolowrat-Krakowska arms and scattered flower sprigs, with a gilt border to the rim, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, Dreher's mark of a quartered circle and incised /// to inside footrim
diameter 13⅜ in.
In overall good appearance and condition. There is a painted flower to the rim at 9 o'clock which is not consistent with the typical flower pattern. This is likely a contemporary factory decoration covering a small firing flaw, which is not untypical to find.
Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.
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Dr. Albert Weitnauer Collection, Bern, sold, Christie's Geneva, November 11, 1985, lot 356
G. Röbbig, Munich, bearing label
Acquired from the above in 2002
The celebrated Swan service, one of the largest services to be produced at the Meissen factory and which comprised as many as 2,200 pieces, was commissioned by Heinrich Graf von Brühl, Director of the Meissen factory on the occasion of his marriage in 1737 to Gräfin Franziska von Kolowrat-Krakowska. The modeling of this service was the work of Kändler and Eberlein, whose inspiration for its watery theme may have come from the literal translation of the name Brühl: 'swampy meadow or marshy ground'. The modeling of dishes in five sizes began in 1738; a dish of this size was in the Collection of Nelson and Happy Rockefeller, sold in these rooms, January 18, 2019, lot 360.