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A very rare early Meissen beaker circa 1715-20
Sold for £4,800 (US$ 7,563) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very rare early Meissen beaker
circa 1715-20
Decorated probably in the workshop of Georg Funcke, Dresden, in gilding edged in iron-red, one side with a bird perched on a leafy branch with a scroll terminal, the reverse with a chinoiserie figure perched on a similar branch, the sides with an insect and two flowers, 7.2cm high,

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Korthaus Collection, Frankfurt, sold Christie's London, 1 March 1993, lot 3;
    Acquired in the above sale

    Literature:
    Hoffmeister 1999, I, no. 7

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

    One of a small group of early Meissen porcelain, probably decorated in the workshop of Georg Funcke, Dresden, in gilding edged in iron-red, occasionally with the addition of other colours. A similar beaker from the Korthaus Collection was sold by Christie's London, 1 March 1993, lot 2. A set of five similar early beakers, with gilt and iron-red decoration executed in the Funcke workshop in Dresden was sold by Galerie Hugo Helbing in Munich, 26 May 1911, lot 130 (as Vienna); two of these beakers were sold by Sotheby's London, 18 November 2009, lot 448 (part - as Doccia). Other examples of this rare, early style of decoration include four teabowls and saucers with moulded acanthus leaf decoration, decorated in gilding edged in iron-red and with some purple and green enamel highlights: one was in the Rudolf Just Collection, Prague, sold by Sotheby's London, 11 December 2001, lot 234; a second is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, inv. no. C.2&A-1928; a third is in the Württembergisches Landesmuseum, inv. no. G30,14; and a fourth in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, inv. no. 54.684a-b.
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