The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates
Lot 44
Twenty Meissen armorial plates from the Götzendorf-Grabowski service circa 1740
Sold for £9,600 (US$ 15,745) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates The Meissen service for the Prince Bishop of Ermeland: 4 restored plates and 17 fragmentary plates
Twenty Meissen armorial plates from the Götzendorf-Grabowski service
circa 1740
Each painted with scattered flowers (Holzschnittblumen) and insects and the crowned arms of Götzendorf-Grabowski with the Order of the White Eagle, wavy brown-edged rims, 23.5cm diam., crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue, impressed numeral 16 (restuck, some fragmentary or with losses) (20)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer Collection, Dresden, to 1938;
    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden - Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, Inv. nos. PE 7569-7572, to 2010

    Literature:
    Schnorr von Carolsfeld 1928, nos. 295-318

    Adam Stanislaw Grabowski (1698-1766) was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Poznan in 1733. He supported the Elector of Saxony, Friedrich August, in the latter's efforts to succeed his father, Augustus the Strong, as king of Poland. He was the Elector's envoy in Rome, where he secured the support of Pope Clement XIII. Following the coronation of the Elector as Augustus III, Grabowski was rewarded with several bishoprics, culminating in his appointment in 1741 as Prince-Bishop of Warmia. He remained loyal to Augustus III, to whom he also gave financial support during the Seven Years War. The service may have been presented upon his appointment as Prince-Bishop of Warmia.

    The von Klemperer Collection originally included twenty-four plates from the service. Other surviving pieces from this rare service include a dish in the Hoffmeister Collection, Hamburg (Hoffmeister 1999, II, no. 359); a plate in the Muzem Narodowe, Warsaw (illustrated in Unter einer Krone, no. 494); and a small two-handled lobed vessel in the Grassi Museum, Leipzig (published by Gielke 2003, no. 146).
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