THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A PAIR OF MEISSEN PURPLE-GROUND TWO-HANDLED OCTAGONAL CUPS AND SAUCERS
finely painted with quatrefoil gilt-edged panels of Europeans in landscapes and merchants by quaysides, with gilded foliate-scroll bands at the rims, crossed swords marks in underglaze blue, gilded numeral 31., incised // to inside edge of footrims
width of saucers 5¼ in.
Overall in good appearance.
One cup with a restored handle, the other cup with a hairline crack to the lower terminal of each handle, perhaps associated to production.
Sotheby's Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.
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.
The Property of Ernest Wolf, Esq., sold, Sotheby's London, May 4, 1965, lot 179 (part of service)
Acquired by Mrs C. Lewis
Sotheby's London, October 19, 1976, lot 68 (part of service)
offered, Sotheby's London, October 18, 1988, lot 394 (part of service)
Brian Haughton Gallery, London, bearing labels
Acquired from the above in 1994