Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

Sammlung Oppenheimer | Important Meissen Porcelain

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An extremely rare Meissen Kakiemon toilet box and cover on stand, Circa 1730

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September 14, 05:54 PM GMT


30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Details


An extremely rare Meissen Kakiemon toilet box and cover on stand, Circa 1730

after a Japanese lacquer prototype, the cover of the cinquefoil box decorated in enamels and gilding with a figural scene from The Tale of Genji, depicting a noblewoman and her lady-in-waiting beside a standing figure and before two seated onlookers, between chrysanthemum issuing from rockwork and pine branches beneath clouds within a gilt-edged moulded rim, raised on a conforming gilt-heightened table-form stand with five cabriole legs, the sides of the box and the stand scattered with sprigs of Kakiemon flowers, crossed swords marks in blue enamel, the stand impressed four times with Dreher's mark of a cross in a circle.

Height: 5¼ in.

13.5 cm

Margarethe (née Knapp, 1878-1949) and Dr. Franz (1871-1950) Oppenheimer, Berlin & Vienna, toilet box and cover (by 1927) (no. 103 in black), the stand acquired prior to 1936;

Dr. Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam & Paris, inv. no. Por. 237 (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. 2294/2);

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. 103, pl. 41

Franz Kieslinger, Sichergestellte Kunstwerke in den besetzten niederländischen Gebieten, Vienna, 1941, no. 429

Residenzmuseum München, Europäisches Rokoko: Kunst und Kultur des 18. Jahrhunderts, exh. cat., Munich, 1958, no. 735

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 254-55, cat. no. 188

Ulrich Pietsch & Theresa Witting (eds.), Fascination of Fragility: Masterpieces of European Porcelain, exh. cat., Leipzig, Germany, 2010, cat. no. 26