Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

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A Meissen 'Earl of Jersey service'-type plate, Circa 1735

Auction Closed

September 14, 05:54 PM GMT


5,000 - 7,000 USD

Lot Details


A Meissen 'Earl of Jersey service'-type plate, Circa 1735

painted, in the manner of A. F. von Löwenfinck, with Chinoiserie figures in a rocky landscape, two figures playing with a make-shift swing suspended between trees before two further figures engaged in conversation, the brown-edged scalloped rim scattered with Kakiemon flower sprigs, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, Dreher's mark of a cross.

Diameter: 8⅝ in.

22 cm

Margarethe (née Knapp, 1878-1949) and Dr. Franz (1871-1950) Oppenheimer, Berlin & Vienna (no. 214 in red);

Dr. Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam & Paris, inv. no. Por. 248 (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. 1561/3);

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

Ralph H. Wark, 'An early Meissen dinner service', Antiques, No. 56, 1949, pp. 366-67

Ralph H. Wark, 'Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck einer der bedeutendsten deutschen Porzellan- und Fayencemaler des 18. Jahrhunderts 1714-1754', Mitteilungsblatt Keramik-Freunde der Schweiz, No. 34, 1956, pp. 14-15

Arno Schönberg, in: 'Die ersten Reaktionen auf die Arbeit von R. Wark', Mitteilungsblatt Keramik-Freunde der Schweiz, No. 35, 1956, pp. 18-19

Ralph H. Wark, 'Neues über Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck', Mitteilungsblatt Keramik-Freunde der Schweiz, No. 37, 1957, pp. 23-24

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, p. 279, cat. no. 202

Pieces from what appear to be at least three services decorated with this distinctive style of painting are recorded. Fritz Mannheimer owned eleven similarly decorated dinner plates, which are listed in the 1936 catalogue of his collection by Otto von Falke, and are now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Unlike the present lot those plates are painted with fuller landscape scenes which all feature a river, and can be dated to at least 1739 given to the presence of impressed numerals. The scene on the present lot is closer in style to a plate of ca. 1735 from the Collection of Henry H. Arnhold, sold at Sotheby's New York, October 24, 2019, lot 384.

The source print for the present plate has yet to be identified.