A very rare Meissen ormolu-mounted candlestick, circa 1730
Lot 19
A very rare Meissen ormolu-mounted candlestick, circa 1730
£30,000 - 50,000
US$ 51,000 - 85,000
Auction Details
A very rare Meissen ormolu-mounted candlestick, circa 1730 A very rare Meissen ormolu-mounted candlestick, circa 1730
Lot Details
A very rare Meissen ormolu-mounted candlestick, circa 1730
Painted with a dragon among cloud scrolls, the base with three animal masks issuing scroll feet, the ormolu mount with three branches terminating in foliate sconces and drip-trays, 22cm high, caduceus mark in underglaze-blue (minor flaking to turquoise enamel, old repairs to ormolu)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The collection of the late Mr and Mrs Saemy Rosenberg, sold by Sotheby's New York, 8 November 1985, lot 36

    Literature:
    U. Pietsch/C. Banz, Triumph der blauen Schwerter. Meissener Porzellan für Adel und Bürgertum 1710-1815 (2010), no. 187

    Exhibited:
    Dresden, Japanisches Palais, Triumph der blauen Schwerter, 8 May-29 August 2010

    Based upon a Japanese model of around 1670-90, for which see J. Ayers, O. Impey, J.V.G. Mallet, Porcelain for Palaces (1990), no. 142. A similar model with a single sconce is illustrated by Rainer Rückert, Alchemistische Symbolzeichen als Meissener Masse-, Former-, Bossirer- und Drehermarken im vierten Jahrzehnt des 18. Jahrhunderts, in Keramos 151 (January 1996), ill. 15. The author notes (p. 93) that the illustrated example was one of a pair sold by Sotheby's London, 22 February 1966, lot 107; a similar pair with a Zürich dealer in 1974, and the pair from the Kramarsky Collection, sold by Christie's New York, 20 October 1993, lot 24.
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