Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

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A Meissen Kakiemon 'Hob in the Well' octagonal dish, Circa 1730

Auction Closed

September 14, 05:54 PM GMT


8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot Details


A Meissen Kakiemon 'Hob in the Well' octagonal dish, Circa 1730

similarly decorated to the preceding lot, crossed swords mark in blue enamel, engraved Japanese Palace Inventory number N=36 W. 

Width: 10⅞ in.

27.6 cm

The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden;

C. H. Fischer, Dresden;

his sale, J. M. Heberle, Cologne, October 22-25, 1906, lot 926, illustrated, bought by Gerhard van Aaken, Berlin, for RM 240;

Margarethe (née Knapp, 1878-1949) and Dr. Franz (1871-1950) Oppenheimer, Berlin & Vienna, bearing label (by 1927) (no. 80 in black);

Dr. Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam & Paris, inv. no. Por. 215 (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. 1620/3);

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

Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Sammlung Margarete und Franz Oppenheimer. Meissener Porzellan, Berlin, 1927, no. 80, pl. 29

Franz Kieslinger, Verzeichnis der Restbestände der Sammlung Mannheimer, [S.I.], 1941, p. 21, cat. no. 128

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 238-39, cat. no. 160

Only three such octagonal dishes of this type were included under number 36 in the 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace: "Drey Stück detto[Schaale] 8. eckichte, mit überschlagenen braunen Rande, inwendig mit Pagoden gemahlt, 1 3/4. Zoll tief, 11 3/4. Zoll in Diam: No. 36", [Three ditto octagonal [dishes] with projecting rim edged in brown and pagodas painted on the inside... No. 36], Boltz, 1996, p. 72.

The other two octagonal dishes bearing this inventory number were in the Louis Jay Collection, Frankfurt, sold, Hugo Helbing, Frankfurt am Main, May 31 - June 2, 1934, lot 420, one illustrated, taf. 33. A dish bearing this inventory number later sold at Sotheby's London, June 14 1983, lot 128 and subsequently entered the Hoffmeister Collection, sold at Bonhams London, May 26, 2010, lot 26. 

This dish belongs to the group of Meissen porcelains ordered by the Paris merchant Rudolph Lemaire who intended to sell them as Japanese originals. For a note on Lemaire see lot 26.