Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

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A Meissen Augustus Rex hexagonal vase and cover, Circa 1730-35

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September 14, 05:54 PM GMT


40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details


A Meissen Augustus Rex hexagonal vase and cover, Circa 1730-35

the sides painted with gilt-edged panels of Chinoiserie figures in gardens engaged in various pursuits, including two figures playing musical instruments, a figure seated beneath a palm tree with a monkey on his back and two figures holding quivers of weapons beneath a fire-breathing dragon in flight above, supported on foliate scroll and diaperwork stylised pedestals incorporating small panels of purpurmalerei landscapes, each side of the cover similarly decorated beneath the gilt compressed knop finial, AR mark in blue.

Height: 12 ⅜ in.

31.4 cm

Margarethe (née Knapp, 1878-1949) and Dr. Franz (1871-1950) Oppenheimer, Berlin & Vienna (by 1927) (no. 186 in black);

Dr. Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam & Paris, inv. no. Por. 317 (acquired between 1936 and 1939);

Dienststelle Mühlmann, The Hague (acquired from the Estate of the above in 1941 on behalf of the Sonderauftrag Linz for the proposed Führermuseum);

On deposit at Kloster Stift Hohenfurth;

On deposit at Salzbergwerk Bad Aussee;

Recovered from the above by Allied Monuments Officers and transferred to the Central Collecting Point Munich (MCCP inv. no. 2294/11);

Repatriated from the above to Holland between 1945 and 1949;

Loaned by the Dutch State to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam in 1952 and transferred to the museum in 1960;

Restituted by the above to the heirs of Margarethe and Franz Oppenheimer in 2021

Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Sammlung Margarete und Franz Oppenheimer. Meissener Porzellan, Berlin, 1927, no. 186, pl. 84

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Saksisch / Dresden China 1710-1740, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1962, fig. 27

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 130-31, cat. no. 76

An assembled five vase garniture, including three hexagonal vases and covers painted and gilded in this manner is in the J. Paul Getty Museum, ob. no. 83.DE.334, illustrated in Adrian Sassoon and Gillian Wilson, Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986, p. 116, no. 243, formerly sold at Sotheby's London, March 5, 1957, lot 123. A flaring hexagonal vase associated with two of the vases in the abovementioned garniture was in the Korthaus Collection, sold at Christie's London, September 21, 1992, lot 67. A further hexagonal vase and cover of this type is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, inv. no. 1986.10. 

The figure seated with a monkey on his shoulder derives from pl. 44 from the Shulz-Codex. 

A pair of Helena Wolfsohn vases in this style was sold at Christie's New York, October 23, 2006, lot 76. One of which was an exact copy of the present vase, and therefore it is conceivable the other represents a now lost Meissen pendant vase to the present.