A Nymphenburg Ink Stand
Lot 149
An extremely rare Nymphenburg ink stand, circa 1765-70
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 46,768) inc. premium
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Lot Details
An extremely rare Nymphenburg ink stand, circa 1765-70
Modelled with two rococo candlesticks flanked by smaller pierced rocaille flower pots with pierced tops, the sander and ink well recessed in the main stand, a pen tray right at the front, all decorated in blue and gold with elaborate and very finely decorated polychrome scenes, possibly painted by Kajetan Purtscher, of Christ minding His flock at the gates of Jerusalem in the pen tray, the four Evangelists on the sides and back panels, 25.5cm. high, 28cm. wide, 23cm. deep, (candlesticks re-stuck) (4)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Busca Collection, Villa Serbelloni, Como, acquired in the 18th and 19th century,
    By descent to the present owners

    The annual accounts of the Nymphenburg manufactory list in 1764 a "bossiertes Schreibzeug neuerer Façon" [modelled desk set of new design], which may refer to this model (quoted by F.H. Hofmann, Nymphenburger Porzellan (1921-23), vol. III, p. 571).

    An unpainted example of the same model, mounted with a single candlestick, is illustrated by Hofmann, op. cit., vol. I, ill. 62, and discussed in vol. III, p. 579, where the author suggests that the Malerei-Inspektor Hermansdorffer, who came from a family of stucco artists, may have been responsible for the model. Dr. Fritz Bäuml, however, attributed the model to Johann Häringer (A. Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan Sammlung Bäul (1997), p. 252). The only other recorded example of this model is the later version in the Bäuml Collection (Ziffer, ibid., no. 738) dating from the late 18th or early 19th century.

    A cup and saucer painted by Kajetan Purtscher with biblical scenes, signed and dated 1762, is illustrated by Hofmann, vol. III, ill. 463.
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