A Meissen teabowl from a service for Clemens August, Elector of Cologne circa 1728-30
Lot 35*
An extremely rare Meissen teabowl from a service for Clemens August, Elector of Cologne, circa 1725-30
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
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An extremely rare Meissen teabowl from a service for Clemens August, Elector of Cologne, circa 1725-30
Painted on one side with a harbour scene depicting ships and figures within a quatrelobe gilt scrollwork cartouche embellished with Böttger lustre and iron-red scrollwork, the reverse with two chinoiserie figures supporting the initals 'CA', flanked by two birds with a laurel wreath in their beaks and a kneeling figure, the inside with an iron-red circular vignette of a fisherman in an Oriental landscape, and a gilt scrollwork border to the rim, 4.5cm high, incised x inside footrim

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 2 March 1994, lot 55

    Literature:
    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 79

    This teabowl remains the only recorded piece from an early tea service that was presumably made for the Elector Clemens August of Cologne, who possessed a considerable collection of Meissen and other porcelain, including the celebrated tea and coffee service of 1735 (see footnote to preceding lot).
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