A Meissen plate from the 'Red Dragon' service, circa 1730
Lot 31
A Meissen plate from the 'Red Dragon' service, circa 1730
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,149) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Meissen plate from the 'Red Dragon' service, circa 1730
Painted in iron-red and gilding with two phoenix in the centre and two dragons and auspicious symbols to the brown-edged rim, 22.6cm diam, caduceus mark in underglaze-blue, incised // (tiny repaired rim chips)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private Collection, Hamburg

    Literature:
    Hermann Jedding, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts in Hamburger Privatbesitz (1982), no. 124

    Exhibited:
    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts in Hamburger Privatbesitz, 4 June-5 September 1982

    The 'Red Dragon' pattern is probably derived from Japanese porcelain, which in turn incorporates Chinese symbols, such as the dragon, phoenix and the 'Eight Gems'. Two services of this pattern were among the substantial quantity of Meissen porcelain in Chinese and Japanese style made around 1729-31 for the French merchant, Lemaire, which was confiscated and later transferred to the Japanese Palace in 1733. The pattern was much admired at the Saxon court and was subsequently produced for its exclusive use (see A.W. Troschinskaja, Das außergewöhnliche Schicksal des Hofservices 'Roter Drache' von August dem Starken, in Keramos 202 (October 2008), pp. 65-74, for a discussion of the pattern). A square deep dish from the service was sold from the Hoffmeister Collection (no. 113) in these Rooms, 25 November 2009, lot 38.
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