A Meissen armorial teapot and cover from the Grimani service circa 1725
Lot 83
A Meissen armorial teapot and cover from the Grimani service circa 1725
Sold for £36,000 (US$ 60,572) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Meissen armorial teapot and cover from the Grimani service
circa 1725
Painted with sprigs of indianische Blumen and, on each side, the arms of Grimani, the curved spout with a mask terminal as a bearded man wearing a gilt turban, gilt borders, 12.5cm high, K.P.M. and crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Edna, Lady Tate, sold Christie's London, 7 July 1997, lot 302;
    Acquired in the above sale

    Literature:
    Hoffmeister, II, 1999, no. 304;
    Cassidy-Geiger 2007, fig. 10-7

    Exhibited:
    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1999-2000

    This teapot is from a tea service - one of several services with the arms of important Venetian families that date to around 1725 - decorated with the coat of arms of the Grimani family. It is most likely to have been produced for Pietro Grimani (1677-1752) who was ambassador to England, Vienna and Rome, respectively; he was also Doge of Venice between 1741 and 1752 (Cassidy-Geiger, 2007, p. 212). The Grimanis had been prominent in Venice since the 10th Century and Pietro was the third Doge in the family. A teabowl and saucer from this service was sold in these Rooms from the Hoffmeister Collection (no. 302), 26 May 2010, lot 75.

    In Sansovino's guide to Venice in 1581, he declared that there were 'four patrician palaces in the city that surpassed all others in size, grandeur and expense' (Deborah Howard, The Architectural History of Venice, p. 186) the Palazzo Grimani by Sanmicheli, was one of them. The Grimanis were also active patrons of art and architecture in Venice.

    Pietro Grimani had been involved in the peace treaty between Austria and the Ottoman Empire in 1720 when he was Procurator of San Marco; this particular tea service may have been a diplomatic gift for his endeavours. A covered milk jug from a Cozzi tea service with the Grimani coat of arms, dated to 1765-70, was sold at Christie's Paris, 13 December 2006, lot 85.
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