A very rare Meissen turquoise-ground vase from the Japanese Palace, circa 1732-34
Lot 158
A very rare Meissen turquoise-ground vase from the Japanese Palace, circa 1732-34
Sold for £33,650 (US$ 54,009) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very rare Meissen turquoise-ground vase from the Japanese Palace, circa 1732-34 A very rare Meissen turquoise-ground vase from the Japanese Palace A very rare Meissen turquoise-ground vase from the Japanese Palace, circa 1732-34
A very rare Meissen turquoise-ground vase from the Japanese Palace, circa 1732-34
Of square baluster shape, each side reserved with a quatrelobe panel painted with flowering branches of indianische Blumen, insects and birds within a gilt scrollwork border, the necks reserved with gilt scrollwork, 21cm high, crossed swords marks in blue enamel, impressed Dreher's mark for Gottfried Seydel, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=291-/ W (minor flakes to glaze on rim, one chip to corner of foot original to the piece)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Royal collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden (from 1734);
    Baron E. de Rothschild Collection, anon. sale, Part II, Christie's, London, 17th October 1977, lot 64;
    E.A. Titgemeyer Collection, Osnabrück

    According to a delivery list, 96 such "Aufsatz-Bouteillen" [display bottles] were delivered to the Japanese Palace in 1734. This delivery included newly-produced bottles from the Meissen manufactory, as well as some which had originally been made for the French merchant Lemaire, part of a large quantity of over 4500 Meissen copies of Asian porcelain that was seized in 1731 (Boltz 1996, p. 116). A 'Specification of Porcilan' of 1736, probably produced in conjunction with the architect Zacharia Longueleune's plans for the Japanese Palace, show that the celadon-coloured porcelain was intended to decorate three walls of a pavilion of a gallery facing the city. Twelve such quadrangular bottles, along with hundreds of other pieces of celadon-ground porcelain, including cups and saucers, was intended to adorn each wall (quoted by Cassidy-Geiger 1996, pp. 120-121).

    Some of the porcelain delivered to the Japanese Palace was subsequently used to decorate the buffet in the Dresden Residence, known as the Turmzimmer. The 1769 inventory of the Turmzimmer records "No. 291 Acht und dreyßig Stück Aufsatz Bouteillen, Celadon Couleur, mit weißen Feldern worein kleine Blümgen nach altindianischer Art, goldne Rändgen und Zierathen gemahlt, differenter Facon, 9 1/2 Zoll hoch" [thirty-eight display bottles, celadon colour, with white panels painted with small flowers in old Indian style, gold borders and decorations, various shapes, 9 1/2 Zoll high].

    The 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace records: "Neun und Funfzig Stück diverse Aufsatz-Bouteillen, Celdaon-Couleur, mit weißen Feldern, darein kleine Blümgen und Zierrathen gemalt, auch vergoldten Rändgen, No. 291" [fifty-nine various display bottles, celadon colour, with white panels painted with small flowers and decorations, also gilt rims, No. 291].

    The Dreher's mark of three circles in a triangle is that of Gottfried Seydel (1711?-1764), who is recorded from June 1732 (Rückert 1996, p. 79). A pair of turquoise-ground vases was sold at Christie's London, 11 December 2007, lot 53. A different pair of vases of octagonal shape and with panelled decoration but with the same Japanese Palace inventory numbers was sold at Christie's London, 2 June 2009, lot 58. Another pair was sold in these Rooms, The Hoffmeister Collection of Meissen Porcelain, Part 1, 25 November 2009, lot 22.
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