A very rare Meissen beaker and saucer circa 1723
Lot 7*
A very rare Meissen beaker and saucer, circa 1723
Sold for £34,850 (US$ 58,576) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very rare Meissen beaker and saucer, circa 1723
The slender, flared beaker painted in iron-red camaieu, probably by J.G. Höroldt, with a large chinoisere figure on both sides, flanked by flowering plants and with insects and a bird overhead, the saucer similarly decorated with a circular scene depicting a figure holding a banner, concentric double-line borders,
the beaker: 7.9cm high; the saucer: 12.8cm diam., (2)


  • Provenance:
    The Property of a Lady, Christies London, 28 June 1976, lots 139 (beaker) and 141 (saucer);
    The Hoffmeister Collection, Hamburg (acquired in 1993), sold in these Rooms, 25 November 2009, lot 2

    D. Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts (1999), I, no. 13;
    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 5;
    John Sandon, Meissen Porcelain (2010), p. 22 (illustrated)

    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1999-2009

    From a very rare, early service painted in iron-red, of which the teapot, slop bowl, three beakers and saucers and three teabowls and saucers were sold by Christie's London, 28 June 1976, lots 138-143, and two other beakers and saucers were sold by Sotheby's London, 7 November 1972, lots 145 and 146. An additional teabowl was sold at Christie's London, 5 July 2004, lot 13. Höroldt is recorded as having decorated a service in red as early as 1720 (U. Pietsch, Johann Gregorius Höroldt (1996), p. 38), though the present example can be dated to around 1723 because the teapot bears the K.P.M. mark. Several pieces from the service were exhibited in Dresden in 1996 (ibid., nos. 7-12), when the decoration was attributed in part to Höroldt himself. A beaker and saucer and a teabowl and saucer are in the Carabelli Collection (U. Pietsch, Frühes Meißener Porzellan Sammlung Carabelli (2000), nos. 2-3) and the slop bowl is in the collection of Jeffrey Tate and Klaus Kuhlemann, London. Another beaker and saucer from the service is in the Arnhold Collection, New York (M. Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (2008), no. 74).
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