TWO CONTINENTAL FAIENCE ASPARAGUS BOXES AND COVERS, CIRCA 1770
each naturalistically modeled and colored, with branch handles, the smaller example, German, Dietrichstein-Proskau, D: P:. mark in black enamel; the larger, Hungarian, Holitsch, HH mark in underglaze-black
(largest) length 8 ⅝ in.
The example smaller marked Proskau, handle re-stuck at terminals, all but one of the applied leaves with traces of restoration. Two corners of flange with traces of restoration. To the base, three asparagus heads at a lower corner restored, short hairline crack to rim.
The larger example, the cover slightly ill fitting, handle re-stuck at terminals. the base with a D-shaped section of rim with discolored over-paint, the inner edge of rim at this area is chipped revealing that at least a part of this area is formed of a replacement material. In spite of this the two boxes are in generally good appearance.
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.
James Lewis and Son, New York, bearing label (the Holitsch example)
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, 17 December 1982, lot 228
Property from the Estate of Edmund W. Mudge, Jr., Christie's New York, 8 October 1985, lot 342 (the Dietrichstein-Proskau example)
A similar Holitsch example was sold at Sotheby's London, 23 April 1974, lot 103. A further example is illustrated in Jana Kybalova, Holitscher Fayence, Munich, p. 103, pl. 54, no. 35