A very rare Meissen tea and coffee service, circa 1726-28
Lot 45
A very rare Meissen tea and coffee service, circa 1726-28
Sold for £121,250 (US$ 202,837) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very rare Meissen tea and coffee service, circa 1726-28
Painted with unusual chinoiserie harbour scenes depicting figures in harbour and estuary settings, each within a shaped gilt scrollwork cartouche filled with Böttger lustre and embellished with iron-red and purple scrollwork and miniature chinoiserie figures, flanked by sprigs of indianische Blumen, the covers and sugar bowls with continuous scenes, the interior of the slop bowl with a similar scene in a cartouche, the sugar bowl cover with a gilt rabbit finial, the interiors of the teabowls with a sprig of indianische Blumen within concentric iron-red circles, gilt scroll- and strapwork borders, comprising:
a coffee pot and cover;
a KPM teapot and cover;
an oval sugar bowl and cover;
an octagonal tea canister and cover;
a slop bowl;
six teabowls and saucers, the coffee pot and cover: 20.5cm high; the teapot and cover: 11.5cm high crossed swords marks (and K.P.M. on the teapot) in underglaze-blue, gilt numeral 49. to all pieces, incised /, incised double circles to teabowls (one saucer cracked) (21)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    By family tradition a gift from Augustus the Strong to Sir William Strickland, Fourth Baronet (c.1686-1735), Secretary at War to King George II;
    Thence by descent to Mrs A.L. Strickland, by whom sold at Sotheby's London, 28 November 1967, lot 135
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