THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN OCTAGONAL SUGAR BOX AND COVER
perhaps painted by J.G. Höroldt, in iron-red camaieu, the base painted with an extended chinoiserie garden scene with foliage and rockwork, the shaped cover with two vignettes of a standing chinoiserie figure and another kneeling smoking a pipe and boiling tea on a brazier, within a foliate band reserving stylized landscape cartouches and flowering branches, K.P.M. mark in underglaze-blue
width 4½ in.
In overall good appearance. There is a flat shallow chip to the footrim of the box at a chamfered corner, perhaps associated to production.
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Sotheby's, London, November 7, 1972, lot 150
A Swiss private Collection, Christie's, London, July 8, 2002, lot 3
This sugar bowl can be associated to a tea-service which was probably painted by Johann Gregorius Höroldt, sold at Christie's London, June 28, 1976, lots 138-143. The service comprised three beakers and stands, three teabowls and saucers, a slop bowl, and a teapot and cover. Two further beakers and stands from this service were sold at Sotheby's London, November 7, 1972, lots 145 and 146; and a single teabowl was sold at Christie's London, July 5, 2004, lot 13. Two of the above mentioned beakers and stands, the teapot and the slop bowl are published in Ulrich Pietsch, Johann Gregorius Horoldt 1696-1775, Und Die Meissener Porzellan-Malerei, Leipzig, 1996, pp. 36-41, nos. 7-12, where the author references a record of Höroldt decorating an early service in monochrome red in 1720: 'von diesem wurde das erste service, so er roth gemahlet, am 19 Juli 1720 eingebrandt und nacher Dresden mitgenommen' (Pietsch, ibid.,p. 38.). The crouching figure on the cover is probably adapted from plate 3 of the Schulz-Codex.