A Meissen lobed beaker from the Japanese Palace, circa 1730
Lot 23
A Meissen lobed beaker from the Japanese Palace, circa 1730
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,170) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Meissen lobed beaker from the Japanese Palace, circa 1730
A Meissen lobed beaker from the Japanese Palace, circa 1730
Painted in Kakiemon style with two Chinese figures and three flower sprigs, 5.6cm high, crossed swords mark in blue enamel, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=363-/ W, incised // for Johann Gottlieb Geithner inside footrim

Footnotes

  • The 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace records: 'Eilf Stück detto [gemuschlete Koppchen bemalt mit Pagoden], 3 1/4. Zoll hoch und in Diam: nebst Eilf detto Unterschaalen, 1. Zoll tief, 4 3/4. Zoll in Diam: No. 363. einige def.' {eleven ditto [lobed teabowls painted with Pagodas] 3 1/4 zoll high and in diam: along with eleven ditto saucers, 1 zoll deep, 4 3/4 zoll diam: No. 363 some defect) (quoted by Claus Boltz, Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769, in Keramos 153 (1996), p. 58).

    The form of this teabowl is copied from Japanese porcelain and the decoration is derived from Chinese and Japanese sources: the amorous couple, for example, derives from early 17th century Chinese paintings and prints that in turn recall love stories popular in both Chinese and Japanese literature (Impey / Jörg / Mason 2009, p. 145). A similar example with saucer was sold in these Rooms from the Hoffmeister Collection, 26 May 2010, lot 30. A Chinese Kangxi lobed teabowl and saucer from the Japanese Palace (with inventory number N=61) decorated with the same motifs, albeit differently arranged on the saucer, may have served as the model for this decoration (illustrated by U. Pietsch, Meissener Porzellan und seine ostasiatischen Vorbilder (1996), no. 27).
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