THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN HAUSMALER OVAL SUGAR BOX AND COVER
painted in Augsburg, probably in the Auffenwerth workshop, the cover with a panel of cupid holding a torch whispering to a lady smoking, within a gilded cartouche embellished with iron-red and puce garlands, flanked by chinoiserie figures and birds, the base with similar cartouches showing ladies in minimal landscapes
width 4⅞ in.
Both pieces are intact. There is wear to the gilding at the rims of the base section. The rim of the cover with some flakes to the gilding.
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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Max Knoell, Basel, May 1975
A Swiss Private Collection, sold, Christie's London, July 8, 2002, lot 88
The painting style can be compared to the documentary teabowl marked S A W for Sabina Auffenwerth which she painted for her sister Elisabeth Anna Wald (also marked E A W), illustrated in Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, et. al,The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain 1710-50, London, 2008, p. 576, cat. no. 276. A saucer attributed to the Auffenwerth workshop using the same engraving source is illustrated in Siegfried Ducret, Meißner Porzellan, bemalt in Augsburg, 1718 bis um 1750, Braunschweig, 1972, p. 182, abb. 246. A beaker from the West Collection, almost certainly from the same service, was sold at Christie's New York, October 18, 2017, lot 767.