A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware coffee pot and cover, circa 1710-13
Lot 1
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware coffee pot and cover, circa 1710-13
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 33,164) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware coffee pot and cover, circa 1710-13
Of octagonal baluster form with an S-scroll handle and a curved, faceted handle moulded with a serpent mouth at the base, the panels moulded with a faint diaper pattern, the dome cover similar, the inside of the cover with a black glaze, 15cm high, black-painted Japanese Palace inventory numbers 222./ R. (coffee pot) and 222 (cover) (finial missing, small chip and repair to tip of spout) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden

    The 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists under No. 222: 'Eilf Stück 8.eckichte Coffé Känngen, mit Deckel und Schnautze, 7. Zoll hoch, 4. Zoll in Diam: 3. Deckel sind schadhafft' [eleven octagonal coffee pots, with covers and spouts, 7 zoll high, 4 zoll diam., three covers are damaged]; quoted by Claus Boltz, Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769, in Keramos 153 (1996), p. 107. A very similar coffee pot and cover - possibly the present lot - was sold from Saxon Royal collections by Rudoph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, 7-8 October 1919, lot 3. Another example in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden, is illustrated by E. Zimmermann, Erfindung und Frühzeit des Meissner Porzellans (1908), ill. 38.
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