A rare Meissen model of a farmhouse, circa 1750
Lot 75*
A rare Meissen model of a farmhouse, circa 1750-55
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
Lot Details
A rare Meissen model of a farmhouse, circa 1750-55
Modelled by Johann Gottlieb Ehder, the timber-framed building with three pigeons on the roof, an oven beneath a lean-to on the left and a pen on the right, the seated girl with a basket on her lap opposite a dog emerging from its kennel and a cockerel, the base edged with scrollwork heightened in puce and green, 18.5cm high (narrow section of front of base restuck with some old overpainting along repair)

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  • Provenance:
    The Emma Budge Collection, Hamburg, no. 166 (sold Hans W. Lange, Berlin, 6-7 December 1937, lot 641);
    Private Collection, Australia, by 1954, thence by descent;
    Anon. sale in these Rooms, 14 May 2008, lot 79 (sold by agreement between the vendor and the Executor of the Estate of the late Emma Budge, under which the latter relinquishes any claim to this lot)

    Literature:
    John Sandon, Meissen Porcelain (2010), p.41:
    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 185

    Exhibited:
    Sydney, The Ceramic Society of Australia Exhibition, 5-16 October 1954, cat. no. 17

    Miniature models of buildings, ranging from stalls and farmers' houses to palaces and churches, were produced at Meissen as decoration for the dessert table, most famously for Count Brühl, whose inventory of 1753 lists 95 examples based on 8 different models. The models were also subsequently produced for other recipients, however, including Sir Charles Hanbury Williams and the Landgrave Friedrich II of Kassel. This model was probably created by Johann Gottlieb Ehder for Count Brühl around 1743 - almost all the models of rustic buildings are listed in his work records - though the scrollwork base on the present example suggests that it was produced in the mid 1750s. See Melitta Kunze-Koellensperger, Idylle in Porzellan (1996), for a comprehensive discussion of these building models, and fig. 25 for an illustration of a similar model.
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