THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
AN EARLY MEISSEN PORCELAIN WHITE SAKE BOTTLE
of square-section with a bulbous body applied in low relief with alternating satyr masks and small bouquets of flowers, on a stepped square foot, the slender neck with a band of husks
height 7⅝ in.
There is a short firing crack to two sides of the foot rim. There is spray to the outer edge and top edge of the protruding stepped rim section. At two sides along the seam of the rim and neck there is a slither of adhesive residue. One corner slightly bulging which is perhaps a restored chip.
Overall crisply modelled and in good appearance.
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.
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The Collection of the Royal House of Saxony
Probably moved to Schloss Moritzburg, Saxony, circa 1925 (bearing Schloss Moritzburg red-lacquered inventory number I.A. 10 a.)
Confiscated in 1945 and incorporated into the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (bearing Porzellansammlung im Zwinger inventory number P.E. 2875)
Restituted to the former Royal family of Saxony (Haus Wettin, Albertinische Linie)
Pairs of bottles of this form were in the sales from the Johanneum in Dresden, Rudolph Lepke's, Berlin, October 12-14, 1920, lots 119 and 120. A pair with traces of cold decoration remain in the State Collection in the Zwinger, Dresden, inv. nos. PE 2872 and PE2873 a, b, and is illustrated in Ulrich Pietsch and Claudia Banz (ed.), Triumph of the Crossed Swords, Dresden, 2010, p. 171, cat. no. 15. Another is in the Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 1974.356.499.