THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A RARE BÖTTGER POLISHED RED-STONEWARE OCTAGONAL SUGAR BOX AND COVER
of canted rectangular form, with broad beveled edges, picked out with traces of gilding, the cover surmounted with a high hexagonal pagoda knop, impressed Dreher's mark of an X for George Kittel
width 4½ in.
The piece is intact and in good appearance.
There are flakes to the horizontal gilded bands. There are two minute restored flat shallow chips at the footrim, each located at a corner, the larger is approximately 0.4 cm wide. There is a tiny nick to the edge of the footrim.
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.
Collection of Siegfried and Lola Kramarsky (by 1963)
offered, Christie's, New York, October 30, 1993, lot 1
G. Röbbig, Munich
Acquired from the above in 2002
Ruth Berges, From Gold to Porcelain, the Art of Porcelain and Faience, New York, 1963,fig. 72.
The form is listed in the 1711 inventory of the Meissen factory: '8 Bassige Zucker Büchße'. An example with gilding was sold at Sotheby's, London, February 24, 2015, lot 234; and a further sugar box with gilding was among the stoneware teawares from the Collection of the Dukes of Baden, sold at Sotheby's, Baden-Baden, October 18, 1995, lots 1251-1258. Another example un-gilded is in the Staatliche Kunstsammlung in Dresden, inventory number P.E.1716, and is illustrated in Goder, et. al, Johann Friedrich Böttger. Die Erfindung des Europäischen Porzellans, Leipzig, 1982, p. 186, fig. 122.
George Kittel is listed in the 1712 Meissen list of potters, and again in 1732 as a molder (as noted from Robert E. Röntgen, The Book of Meissen, Atglen, 1996, p. 258.)