A very rare Meissen armorial coffee and tea service with the arms of Taparelli, circa 1735-40
Lot 59*
A very rare Meissen armorial coffee and tea service with the arms of Taparelli, circa 1735-40
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A very rare Meissen armorial coffee and tea service with the arms of Taparelli, circa 1735-40
Each piece painted with the arms of Taparelli, and a brown-edged palm frond and leafy branch tied with a red ribbon on the reverse, further painted with scattered indianische Blumen, the rims with gilt, blue and red borders of foliate scrollwork, the coffee pot with a bearded mask below the spout, the teapot with animal spout, comprising:
a coffee pot and cover;
a teapot and cover;
a rectangular tea canister and cover;
a milk jug and cover;
a sugar bowl and cover;
a slop bowl;
a teapot stand;
six single-handled beakers and saucers;
twelve teabowls and saucers;
in a later fitted case, the coffee pot and cover: 21cm high crossed swords marks in underglaze-blue (and in blue on the tea canister), impressed Drehers' marks for Johann Gottlob Pietzsch, Johann Gottlieb Kühnel, Caspar Meißner, Johann Christoph Schumann, Johnann Christoph Pietzsch and Christian Meynert (48)


  • Literature:
    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 81

    In an article which will be published in the journal of the Palazzo Madama of July 2013, Dr. Christina Maritano, curator of the Palazzo Madama in Turin, will describe the history of the service. Together with Dr Johanna Lessmann, she re-established the ties between the director and founder of the porcelain collections at Palazzo Madama, Emanuele Taparelli D'Azeglio (1816-1890), and this coffee and tea service with previously unknown coat of arms. A chocolate beaker from the service features in a painting painted in 1843 by Massimo d'Azeglio, the famous statesman and a meritorious painter, now kept in the Civic Gallery of Modern Art in Turin.

    The service was most likely ordered as a gift for Carlo Francesco Taparelli (?-1779), Conte di Lagnasco, abbot of the Abbey of Saint Michel du Trèport in Normandie, and from 1732 Minister Plenipotentiary of the Court of Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland at the Papal court in Rome.

    It was Emanuele D'Azeglio himself who retraced the history of this service, and another earlier service with a marital coat of arms of the Taparelli family. He went to great lenghts in his studies, even travelling to Dresden for his research. Upon his death, d'Azeglio left his extraordinary ceramics and glass collection to the Palazzo Madama, where he had been a director, but did not gift the two armorial services. They were passed on to his family and were sold at public auction in 1903.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot was succesfully purchased prior to the auction by the Museo Civico Palazzo Madama in Turin. The service will be on exhibition at the celebrations of 150 years of the Museum from June 2013. See www.palazzomadamatorino.it for further information or contact Bonhams Press department: press@bonhams.com.
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