THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN CHINOISERIE CIRCULAR STAND OR PLATE
the center vibrantly painted with a large medallion of chrysanthemum flowerheads against iron-red foliage, framed within a gilded band of scrollwork embellished with Böttger-lustre, the rim painted with four panels of chinoiserie figures within lustre filled cartouches embellished with puce and iron-red foliate scrolls, joined by gilded scrollwork, the reverse of the rim painted with three branches of indianische Blumen, crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue
diameter 8½ in.
In overall good appearance and condition. There is some minor wear to the outer edge of the gilded band around the rim. Scattered areas of the gilding at the centre and the rim border have been refreshed, a lustred diamond at the well has been re-touched.
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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G. Röbbig, Munich, bearing label
Acquired from the above in 2002
Düsseldorf, Hetjens-Museum, Frühes Meissener Porzellan Kostbarkeiten aus deutschen Privatsammlungen, January 19 - April 6 1997
Ulrich Pietsch and Kristian Jacobsen,Frühes Meissener Porzellan, Munich, 1997, p. 210, cat. no. 166.
A plate or stand from this service was in the Dr. Ludwig Darmstädter Collection, Berlin, sold, Rudolph Lepke's, Berlin, March 24-26, 1925, lot 132, and subsequently entered the Hoffmeister Collection, illustrated in Dieter Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts Sammlung Hoffmeister, Hamburg, 1999, Band I, pp. 112-113, no. 54.
Six further examples were in the Franz and Margarete Oppenheimer Collection, which subsequently entered the Collections of Fritz Mannheimer; and Maurice de Rothschild, sold (anonymously) at his sales at Christie's London, March 28, 1977, lots 22 and 23, and October 17, 1977, lots 8-10. Four of these plates then entered a Swiss private Collection and were sold again at Christie's London, December 11, 2007, lots 12-14.