Combined Item
Lot 4
A rare Meissen two-handled chocolate beaker and saucer and another saucer circa 1725
Sold for £19,200 (US$ 30,988) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Meissen two-handled chocolate beaker and saucer and another saucer
circa 1725
Each moulded with a fluted band with alternating green and gilt grounds, superbly painted with chinoiserie scenes, the saucer with a figure kneeling by two bowls and another filled with objects, flanked by flowering bushes, within a shaped gilt quatrelobe cartouche filled with Böttger lustre and embellished with iron-red scrollwork, the saucer with two scenes depicting figures taking tea, and another kneeling before an idol, the ear-shaped handles embellished in gilding, formal gilt scroll borders to rims, the saucer: 12.6cm diam.; the beaker: 8.1cm high impressed .. inside footrim of beaker, incised / inside footrim of saucer, together with a similar Meissen saucer, circa 1725, painted with a scene depicting a kneeling figure holding a staff in which three birds are perched, within a shaped gilt qautrelobe cartouche filled with Böttger lustre and enbellished with iron-red foliate scrollwork, formal gilt swag border, the reverse moulded with a fluted border alternating in green and gold, 12.7cm diam., incised / inside footrim (3)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired in 1980 (one saucer);
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 6 June 1989, lot 147;
    Acquired in the above sale (the beaker and one saucer)

    Literature:
    Hoffmeister 1999, I, nos. 17 and 18

    Exhibited:
    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1999-2009

    Although both saucers are closely similar in decoration, it was only upon very close inspection that the Hoffmeister brothers identified small differences in the gilding.
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