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Lot 70
A Meissen armorial teabowl and saucer from the service for King Christian VI of Denmark circa 1730-35
Sold for £14,400 (US$ 24,462) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Meissen armorial teabowl and saucer from the service for King Christian VI of Denmark
circa 1730-35
The saucer decorated with the crowned Royal Arms of Denmark, reserved on the chain of the Order of the Elephant, the teabowl with the crowned monogram of Christian VI flanked by crossed palm fronds on one side, flanked by indianische Blumen, and a superbly painted harbour scene on the reverse, within a gilt cartouche embellished with scrollwork and floral swags, the well with a circular medallion of chrysanthemum heads reserved on a purple trellis within iron-red borders, gilt scrollwork borders to the rims, the reverse of the saucer with a bird, insect and trailing indianische Blumen, the saucer: 12.1cm diam., crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue, gilt 1. to both pieces, incised / inside both footrims (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Given by Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, to King Christian VI of Denmark; his consort
    Queen Sophie Magdalene of Denmark (1700-70); Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, to 1794;
    Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, 1795-97;
    Sold in 1797 as part of lot 7 in the sale of property damaged in the 1795 fire at Christianborg Palace;
    Sold by the descendants of the purchaser in the above sale, Christie's London, 1 December 1986, lot 185 (part);
    Acquired in 1990

    Literature:
    Hoffmeister 1999, II, no. 312

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

    The circumstances of the gift of this service to Christian VI remain to be discovered, though it was probably not on the occasion of his coronation in 1730 (Hein / Bencard 2007, p. 184). The service was unusual for combining chinoiserie decoration and European harbour scenes, and for its size. When it was sold in 1797, it was described as including two waste bowls, two sugar boxes and eighteen pairs of teabowls, but no coffee pot. The waste bowl, two beakers and saucers and two teabowls and saucers were acquired by Rosenborg Castle in 1986. A teabowl and saucer from the service is in the Arnhold Collection, New York (Cassidy-Geiger 2008, no. 100), and another is in the Carabelli Collection (Pietsch 2000, no. 57).
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