A rare Meissen purple-ground spirit barrel and figural stopper, circa 1740-45
Lot 46
A rare Meissen purple-ground spirit barrel and figural stopper, circa 1740-45
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 9,500 - 13,000

Lot Details
A rare Meissen purple-ground spirit barrel and figural stopper, circa 1740-45 A rare Meissen purple-ground spirit barrel and figural stopper, circa 1740-45
A rare Meissen purple-ground spirit barrel and figural stopper, circa 1740-45
Moulded with gilt-edged hoops, each end painted with an elaborate chinoiserie harbour scene and green-edged rim, one with a small apeture for a tap, the purple-ground reserved with quatrelobe panels with similar scenes, two polychrome scenes each side of the apeture edged with gilt scrollwork, four panels with iron-red and two with black monochrome scenes, the stopper with a bacchic youth draped in fruiting vines, together with a gilt-metal stand, 15.5cm long (restoration to stopper) (2)

Footnotes

  • The model for this spirit barrel was created by J.J. Kaendler after August 1738, and the figural stopper in April 1739, when it is mentioned in Kaendler's work notes. A similar model with yellow ground together with its stand painted with the arms of Count Brühl is illustrated in U. Pietsch/C. Banz, Triumph der blauen Schwerter (2010), no. 172. The inventory of Count Brühl's pantry lists '3 Grosse Fässer mit 1 Bacchus' and '2 kleinere dergl.' [3 large barrels with 1 Bacchus and 2 smaller similar].
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