Two Meissen table spoons from the Hennicke service, circa 1740
Lot 56*
Two Meissen table spoons from the Hennicke service, circa 1740
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,707) inc. premium
Lot Details
Two Meissen table spoons from the Hennicke service, circa 1740
The shell-moulded bowls with a gilt-edged scroll-moulded handle, painted with scattered indianische Blumen and the arms of Hennicke, 14.5cm (2)


  • Provenance:
    With Rosenberg & Stiebel;
    Anon. sale, Christie's New York, 18 October 2002, lot 437

    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 68

    Johann Christian Hennicke (1681-1752) was raised to the nobility in 1728 by the Holy Roman Emperor. He was an influential Cabinet Minister under Count Brühl, and became deputy director of the Meissen factory in 1739. The arms on this service go back to before he was made Freiherr or Baron, in 1741, and Graf or Count, in 1745. See Julia Weber, Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern (2013), II, pp. 386ff., for a discussion of the service.

    Other recent examples from this service to appear on the market include: a tureen stand (Christie's London, 11 December 2000, lot 437); a tureen (Christie's London, 14 July 2006, lot 100). A tureen with applied flowers from the service was sold at Bonhams in London, 10 November 2004, lot 18, and two dishes from the Hoffmeister Collection were sold in these Rooms, 25 November 2009, lot 76, and 24 November 2010, lot 69. Two sauce boats and another spoon from the service are in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (A.L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum (2000), nos. 110 and 111), and a pair of dishes is in the Arnhold Collection, New York (M. Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (2008), nos. 202a and b).

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that one spoon was broken through the middle of the handle and is restuck.
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