THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A MEISSEN HEXAGONAL TEA CANISTER AND COVER
painted with panels of merchants and their wares on quaysides before large ships on the water, separated by raised gilded ribs, the cover with gilded scrollwork ornament filled with Böttger-lustre, gilded numeral 35. to both
height 4 in.
In overall good appearance. The top edge of the canister with some typical patches of wear where contact has been made with cover. Three of the ribs with some small flaking to gilding at the shoulder.
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.
Sotheby's Zurich, November 21, 1990, lot 50
G. Röbbig, Munich
Zürich, Kunsthaus, Schönheit des 18. Jahrhunderts, May, 1955, bearing label
A tea canister of this form and decoration is in the Carabelli Collection, illustrated in Ulrich Pietsch, Frühes Meißener Porzellan, Sammlung Carabelli,Munich, 2000, pp. 72-73, cat. no. 23.