A very rare Meissen tureen and cover
Lot 135
A rare Meissen tureen and cover, second half 18th century
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
Lot Details
A rare Meissen tureen and cover, second half 18th century
Modelled by J.J. Kaendler, with handles of reeds issuing from female masks, painted on each side with a large Chinoiserie scene on an elaborate gilt scrollwork bracket enclosing a quatrelobe miniature landscape scene in purple camaieu and filled with Böttger lustre, further painted with scattered birds and insects, the cover painted with similar scenes and a similar scrollwork border reserved with four landscape panels, the moulded folate knop above a gilt scrollwork band reserved with two oval landscape vignettes, 35.5cm across handles, impressed numeral (crack to side, chip to one of the masks, some regilding) (2)


  • Provenance:
    With Wisen Antiquités, Paris;
    E.A. Titgemeyer Collection, Osnabrück, acquired from the above in 1971

    Another tureen and stand of the same shape and with highly comparable decoration, formerly in the Mannheimer Collection, is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, (Den Blaauwen 2000, cat.no 85). The decoration on both tureens show very large Chinoiserie scenes, but the decoration in the Rijksmuseum differs in the absence of Böttger lustre cartouches supporting the scenes. The shape of the finial is equal, but again the decoration differs slightly. Den Blaauwen (op.cit.) refers to an entry in the work-records of Kaendler of August 1933 (see Pietsch 2002, p.20.): Wiederum eine gantz neue ovale Derrine auch mit etwas Zieraten an Statt der Henckel befinden sich 2 Frayen Zimmer-Köpffgen mit Feder Büschen, oben auch der Decke ist auch ein durch brochene Knopff. [Another completely new oval tureen with embellishment, instead of handles two women's heads with bunches of feathers, on top of the cover it also has a pierced finial]. It is likely that the tureen as mentioned above was re-modelled again at a later date with a pierced final, as can be found both on the present tureen and on the tureen in the Rijksmuseum. A tureen of the original form with pierced finial can be found in Shono (1973, plate 70), albeit with a very different Kakiemon pattern of bamboo hedges and prunus branches and birds.
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