A very rare large Meissen teabowl and saucer circa 1730
Lot 52
A very rare large Meissen teabowl and saucer circa 1730
Sold for £9,600 (US$ 16,371) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A very rare large Meissen teabowl and saucer
circa 1730
Painted in Kakiemon style with a seated Chinese boy holding a fan opposite a standing figure carrying a flower pot on his back and two birds in flight, brown-edged rims, the saucer 15.2cm diam., the teabowl 5.4cm high, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue on the saucer and blue enamel on the teabowl, both with incised Japanese Palace inventory numbers N=355-/W, impressed Dreher's marks (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: made for the Paris merchant Lemaire and subsequently transferred to the collection of Augustus the Strong of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden; given to the sister-in-law of the current owner in the late 1930s, thence by descent. The 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists only five such teabowls and saucers: "Five coffee cups with brown rims and painted with Pagodas...and five matching saucers...No.355" (quoted by Claus Boltz, Keramos 153/1996, p.58). Another example is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, published by Masako Shono, Japanisches Aritaporzellan im sogennanten 'Kakiemonstil' als Vorbild für die Meißener Porzellanmanufaktur (1973), ill. 132. For a discussion of the porcelain ordered by Lemaire and its subsequent seizure and incorporation into the Saxon Royal collections, see C.Boltz, 'Hoym, Le Maire und Meissen', in Keramos, 88/April 1980, pp.3-101; and M.Cassidy-Geiger, 'Zurück zu 'Hoym Le Maire und Meissen'', in Keramos, 146/1994, pp.3-8.
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