THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
ÉCUELLE STAND OR SMALL PLATE
painted at the center with four chinoiserie figures attending to animals, raised on Böttger-lustre brackets reserving three purpurmalereiquatrefoil landscapes of shore scenes, the rim reserved with four cartouches of merchants by quaysides alternating with four purpurmalereismall vignettes of flowers, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed Dreher's mark of a quartered circle to footrim
diameter 9 in.
In overall good appearance and condition. Very minor wear.
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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Miss H. Argyropoulo, sold, Christie's London, May 12, 1927, lots 37, 38 or 39
Dr. Albert Kocher, Bern
E. Gaillet, Bern
Dr. Paul Schnyder von Wartensee, Lucerne, his executors sale, sold, Sotheby's London, June 29, 1982, lot 96
A Swiss private Collection, sold, Christie's London, July 8, 2002, lot 29
Zurich, Kunsthaus, Schönheit des 18. Jahrhunderts; Malerei, Plastik, Porzellan und Zeichnung, September-October 1955
Gillian Wilson, Adrian Sassoon, Charissa Bremer-David, 'Acquisitions made by the Department of Decorative Arts in 1983', The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, Vol. 12/1984, p. 221, fig. 30.
Six plates of this approximate size were included in the Argyropoulo 1927 sale, sold in twos for a total of 1,110 guineas, but as the dishes were not illustrated in the catalogue they are now indistinguishable. The sale likely included some of the following dishes now in Museum collections; two dishes (22.4 cm diameter) from the Collection of Margarete and Franz Oppenheimer are now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, published in Abraham L. den Blaauwen,Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 156-57, cat. no. 89; one dish (22.4 cm diameter) is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gifted by Thornton Wilson in 1954, published in Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, 'Graphic Sources for Meissen Porcelain: Origins of the Print Collection in the Meissen Archives', Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 31, p. 103, fig. 13, and another is in the Dr. Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim, published in Renate Eikelmann, Meiβener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, Die Stiftung Ernst Schneider in Schloß Lustheim, Munich, 2004, p. 122, cat. no. 32. Others are in the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. One was in the W. von Dallwitz Collection, Berlin, by 1904, illustrated in Adolf Brüning, Europäisches Porzellan des XVIII. Jahrhunderts, Berlin, 1904, cat. no. 166, pl. IX.
A larger dish (28.9 cm diameter) from the Hoffmeister Collection is published in Dieter Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, Katalog der Sammlung Hoffmeister, Band I, 1999, pp. 142-143, cat. no. 66, sold, Bonhams, London, November 29, 2009, lot 55. The decoration on the present plate derives from plate 44 of the Schulz-Codex.