THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A RARE MEISSEN CHINOISERIE COFFEE POT AND COVER
painted with chinoiserie panels including a figure riding on the back of a water buffalo, within Böttger-lustre cartouches embellished with iron-red and puce scrollwork, separated by branches of indianische Blumen, with a band of gilded scrollwork at the rim, the cover with a continuous scene of groups of chinoiserie figures, crossed swords mark in underglaze blue, gilded numeral 1. to both
height 7⅞ in.
In good appearance. To the coffee pot there are two small shallow restored chips to outer edge of rim with associated re-gilding.
To the cover, a minute flat chip to underside edge of rim, and minor rubbing to edge of rim and finial.
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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The unusual buffalo scene appears on a milk or water jug from a tea service painted by J. G. Höroldt, formerly in the Collection of Queen Marie of Hanover, now in the Wark Collection, at the Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, illustrated in Ulrich Pietsch, Early Meissen Porcelain, The Wark Collection, London, 2011, p. 165, cat no. 143. The standing and seated figures on the reverse side likely derive from plates 40 and 97 of the Schulz-Codex.