A fine Bohemian or Saxon 'Schwarzlot' enamelled and gilt armorial bowl circa 1730

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Lot 122
A fine Bohemian or Saxon 'Schwarzlot' enamelled and gilt armorial bowl
circa 1730

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 33,883) inc. premium
A fine Bohemian or Saxon 'Schwarzlot' enamelled and gilt armorial bowl
circa 1730
Possibly by Tobias Hanusch, the slightly waisted sides painted in black heightened in gilding with a coat of arms and crest within elaborate foliate scrollwork and trailing foliage beneath the motto PER ARDUA BONUM, the reverse with a landscape frieze including two horses, a deer, a hawk perched in a tree and two fortified buildings among trees including a palm, the lower part cut with foliate and honeycomb facets, the centre of the interior painted with a prancing horse within a cut cartouche, 25.2cm diameter

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, 14 May 2003, lot 20
    The Chris Crabtree Collection

    The arms are those of von Lubthal of Silesia. Two flasks and stoppers, from the Krug Collection bearing these arms and motto painted by the same hand were sold at Sotheby's, 21 May 1979, lot 173. A pair of dishes also by the same hand, were offered at Christie's, 12 October 1977, lot 201. Two wine glasses are to be found in the collection of the National Museum of Scotland (M/0948) and in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (see Geoffrey Edwards, Art of Glass (1998), p.82, fig.). The armorial was previously mis-identified as that of the Cruikshank family.

    For a detailed discussion of this group see R.von Strasser, 'Ignaz Preissler: Das Frühwerk und linige weniger bekannte Meister Werke', Journal of Glass Studies, 1987, vol.29, where a goblet, discovered in the Kunstgewerbe museum dated '1736' and decorated in the same technique with similar bird, animal and landscape subjects is described in detail. Prof. Strasser tentatively attributes the painting of this group of glass to the hand of Tobias Hanusch. See also R.von Strasser, Licht und Farbe, Die Sammlung Rudolf von Strasser, pp.178-180 for an octagonal dish painted in the style of Ignaz Preissler, attributed to Hanusch (1695-1754).
A fine Bohemian or Saxon 'Schwarzlot' enamelled and gilt armorial bowl circa 1730
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