Zuckerdose mit Deckel
Lot 79
An extremely rare Meissen armorial sugar bowl and cover circa 1735
Sold for £38,400 (US$ 64,543) inc. premium
Lot Details
An extremely rare Meissen armorial sugar bowl and cover
circa 1735
Each piece painted on either side with the arms of Althann and Daun, and a chinoiserie scene on a gilt and Böttger lustre bracket embellished with iron-red and purple scrollwork at either end, the neck of the sugar bowl with a border of gilt foliate scrollwork, the cover surmounted by a gilt rabbit finial, gilt-edged rims, 13cm across, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed Former's mark of two dots (chip and some flaking to inner rim of cover) (2)


  • Provenance:
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 2 March 1994, lot 94

    Hoffmeister 1999, II, no. 309

    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1999-2009

    This sugar bowl and cover display the coats of arms of Althann and Daun, two families of Austrian nobility. The only known unification of the two families is the marriage of Gräfin Anna Elizabeth von Daun to Michael Ehrenreich, Count of Althann, which would have resulted in the combination of these two separate arms. Count Althann died in 1715 so it is probably likely that the service, of which this sugar bowl is part of, was produced for his widow, Countess Anna Elizabeth von Althann née Daun (1674-1747).

    The only other recorded pieces from this service are an oval teapot stand, sold by Christie's London, 7 July 1969, lot 61; a tea canister and cover in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim (published in Rückert 1966, no. 457); and a coffee pot and matched cover, sold by Christie's London, 27 June 2005, lot 149.