A very rare Meissen celadon-ground tea kettle and cover, circa 1730-35
Lot 28
A very rare Meissen celadon-ground tea kettle and cover, circa 1730-35
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 25,501) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very rare Meissen celadon-ground tea kettle and cover, circa 1730-35
The globular body with a short triangular spout and loop handle terminating at either end with a gilt-edged circular boss, each side reserved with a gilt-edged quatrelobe panel painted in Kakiemon style with the 'Quail Pattern', the cover with similar small reserves and a ball knop with gilt stripes, the handle with turquoise foliate scrollwork and an iron-red flower head, the spout with turquoise and red foliage, 15.5cm high, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised x (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild Collection, Berlin, sold by H. Ball & P. Graupe, Berlin, 23-25 March 1931, lot 588;
    Private Collection, Zürich

    A similarly decorated celadon-ground vessel is in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection (published by Julia Weber, Meißener Porzellans mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern (2013), vol. II, no. 130). The form is based on a Japanese sake pot, of which Augustus the Strong's collection did include several examples, though they are not on the list of pieces sent to the Meissen manufactory for copying. The form may have been introduced as early as 1727, and five examples were listed among the porcelain seized in 1731 from Count Hoym's palace that was intended for the Paris merchant, Lemaire, and was subsequently sent to the Japanese Palace. Other examples were delivered to Count Brühl in 1732 and 1733 (Weber, loc. cit.).
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