A rare Meissen Imari small teapot and cover, Circa 1730

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September 14, 05:54 PM GMT


3,000 - 5,000 USD

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A rare Meissen Imari small teapot and cover, Circa 1730

painted in underglaze-blue and iron-red, heightened in gilding, on either side of the teapot with a building beneath a tree and a fisherman in a mountainous riverscape, and on the shoulder with stylised panels of a floral scroll, a Chinese knot and cloud scrolls, repeated on the domed cover, the curved spout and loop handle with trailing flowers in iron-red, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue.

Height: 3½ in.

9 cm

Margarethe (née Knapp, 1878-1949) and Dr. Franz (1871-1950) Oppenheimer, Berlin & Vienna, bearing label (by 1927) (no. 74 in black);

Dr. Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam & Paris, inv. no. Por. 209 (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. 1593/5);

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. 74, pl. 25

Franz Kieslinger, Verzeichnis der Restbestände der Sammlung Mannheimer, [S.I.], 1941, p. 21, cat. no. 122

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Saksisch / Dresden China 1710-1740, Amsterdam, 1962, fig. 14

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, p. 218, cat. no. 136

Chinese blue and white teapots of this form are recorded in the 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace. One such teapot with inventory N: 171. and a zig-zag line (the symbol for blue and white porcelain) is in the collection of the Porzellansammlung, Dresden, inv. no. PO 2681. A Meissen bowl with similar decoration, in the same collection, inventory N: 452, is cited by den Blaauwen, 2000, p. 218. A Meissen blue and white teapot of this form and diminutive size is in the Wark Collection, Pietsch, 2011, p. 97, cat. no. 56. A further Meissen blue and white example was in pre-War collection of Wolfgang von Dallwitz, Berlin (Adolf Brüning, Europäisches Porzellan des XVIII. Jahrhundert, exh. cat., Berlin, 1904, no. 359, pl. XVI.