A Meissen armorial dish from the 'Coronation Service', circa 1733-34
Lot 39
A Meissen armorial dish from the 'Coronation Service', circa 1733-34
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,997) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Meissen armorial dish from the 'Coronation Service', circa 1733-34
Lot Details
A Meissen armorial dish from the 'Coronation Service', circa 1733-34
Painted with the arms of Saxony and Poland and scattered sprigs of indianische Blumen and bound wheat-sheaves, gilt foliate scroll- and strapwork border, 25.5cm diam, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=147-/ W, incised / (gilt rim worn in places)


  • Provenance:
    The Royal collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden (from 1734)

    The 'Coronation Service' was probably ordered for the coronation of Friedrich August II of Saxony as king (Augustus III) of Poland in Cracow on 17th January 1734. The service - the first Meissen armorial table service - was presumably intended for display on a buffet, as silver was used on the royal table (U. Pietsch /C. Banz, Triumph der blauen Schwerter (2010), pp. 277f). The service was delivered to the Japanese Palace in Dresden in 1734, when, according to a delivery specification (published by C. Boltz, Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770, in Keramos 153 (1996), p. 91), it comprised 77 parts in total, including 37 plates. In the inventory of the Japanese Palace of 1770 (Boltz 1996, p. 76), one finds the following entry under number 147: 'Ein Tafel-Service, mit dem Königl. Pohlnis, und ChurFürstl. Sächsi. Wappen, fein mit Golde und Zierrathen, aufm Boden mit gebundenen Korn-Aehren, und kleinen Blümgen, der Rand sehr reich mit vergoldeten Zierrathen eingefaßt' (a table service with the Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon arms, fine with gold and decorations, with bundles of corn sheaves and small flowers on the surface, the rim with very rich gold decorations). The inventory lists the same pieces as the 1734 delivery specification, except for three missing tureens and a broken plate. According to the catalogue of the Wark Collection, part of the service was transferred to the Hofconditorei (court pantry) in 1792, and was used at the Dresden Residence for special court functions (The Wark Collection Early Meissen Porcelain (1984), p. 225).

    In addition to the examples cited by Dieter Hoffmeister, Meissen Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts: Sammlung Hoffmeister (1999), vol. II, nos. 343-344, other plates from the service are in the Seattle Art Museum (inv. no. 69.201, gift of Martha and Henry Isaacson); in the Ludwig Collection, Bamberg (Hennig (ed.) 1995, no. 142); and in the Arnhold Collection, New York (M. Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (2008), no. 186).
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