A Nuremberg engraved bottle, attributed to Anton Mäuerl, circa 1720
Lot 8
A Nuremberg engraved bottle, attributed to Anton Mäuerl, circa 1720
£5,000 - 7,000
US$ 8,200 - 11,000

Lot Details
A Nuremberg engraved bottle, attributed to Anton Mäuerl, circa 1720
A Nuremberg engraved bottle, attributed to Anton Mäuerl, circa 1720
Of light greenish tint, the flattened shouldered rectangular form with deep ribs, the sides decorated with vignettes of Chinoiserie figures, animals, birds and a pagoda within scrollwork, the ribs with formal scrollwork and birds, below a narrow cylindrical neck and applied string rim, 18.6cm high

Footnotes

  • Anton Wilhelm Mäuerl was born in Wunsdiedel in 1672 and worked in London between 1699 and 1710. After that date he is known to have been working in Nuremberg until 1730. He is considered to have been one of the leading exponents of Laub- und Bandelwerk and is believed to be the first German glass engraver to introduce Chinoiserie styles to glass. He died in Hersbruck in 1737.

    The decoration on the present lot appears on a pair of Chinoiserie engraved scent flasks attributed to Anton Mäuerl, circa 1720, in the collection of Rudolf von Strasser, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (see Rudolf von Strasser, Licht und Farbe (2002), nos.134 and 135, pp.235-238. For further comparative examples see the Chinoiserie flask, formerly in the Lanna Collection and now in the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague, illustrated by Gustav E. Pazaurek, 'Anton Wilhelm Mäuerl – ein deutscher Glasschneider in London', (n.d.), pl.11 and 12. See also the bottle illustrated by Michael Kovacek, Glas aus 5 Jahrhunderten (2011), pp.16-17, and the goblet, from the Otto Dettmers Collection, sold at Sotheby's, 23 November 1999, lot 44. Brigitte Klesse, Glassammlung Helfried Krug, Band I (1965), illustrates further Chinoiserie flasks by Mäuerl, figs. 163–168
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