Published date: 17 Jan 2013
"The Said and Roswitha Marouf collection of Meissen is legendary among collectors and academics. The sale of Part I of the collection in December gave us what must be one of the world's most valuable tea sets, when the eight piece Meissen Half-Figure Service sold for over £500,000. Meissen porcelain with 'Half-Figure Service' decoration is one of the rarest and most sought after types of European porcelain painting and the exquisite decoration is widely considered to be the finest of all Meissen 'chinoiserie' painting. The style takes its unusual name from the fact that all the figures are depicted from the waist up only. The palette of colors is exceptionally sophisticated and the background populated with complex and subtle scenes. These objects are immensely appealing as well as fascinating and rare. They don't come onto the market very often so we saw bidding from all over the world."