A very rare Meissen yellow-ground Augstus Rex vase, circa 1730-35
Lot 30
A very rare Meissen yellow-ground Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730-35
Sold for £97,250 (US$ 163,459) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very rare Meissen yellow-ground Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730-35
The squat baluster body with a flared neck, reserved with brown-edged shaped quatrelobe panels, probably painted by Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck after engravings by Petrus Schenk, depicting chinoiserie figures and animals in landscape settings, gilt-edged rims, 45.6cm high, A.R. monogram in underglaze-blue (fine short haircrack)


  • Provenance:
    Sammlung M., Cologne, sold by Paul Graupe, Berlin, 27 May 1935, lot 467 (one of a pair);
    Georg Tillmann Collection, Hamburg and Amsterdam (according to den Blaauwen, see Literature);
    Anon. sale, Weinmüller, Munich, 14 June 1961, lot 129;
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 10 April 1962, lot 159

    A.L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmusem (2000), p. 229

    The chinoiserie figures on this vase are based in part on prints by Petrus Schenk Jnr. (before 1698-1775), including plates 8, 10 & 14 from his series 'Nieuwe geinventeerde Sineesen...', which comprised two sets of twelve prints and was published by the 1720s (illustrated by A.L. den Blaauwen, Keramik mit Chinoiserien nach Stichen von Petrus Schenk Jun., in Keramos 31 (1966), pp.3-18). Apart from the pair to the present lot sold in 1935, a third, similarly decorated vase - possibly part of the same garniture - was in the possession of the Lucerne dealer, Otto Büel, in 1954 (published in Mitteleilungsblatt der Keramikfreunde der Schweiz 27 (1954), pl. IV, ill. 8), and subsequently in the collection of Dr. Marcel Nyffeler (sold by Christie's London, 9 June 1986, lot 175).

    Apart from the yellow-ground examples mentioned above, only a handful of further examples of this rare large form are recorded: a pair in the Rijksmuseum with Kakiemon-style decoration; a single example with yellow ground, reserved with panels depicting a scene after Schenk and birds with indianische Blumen; two vases with a purple ground in the Wadsworth Atheneum; and a pair with tomato-red ground (see Literaure).
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