A Meissen Hausmaler grotesque teapot and cover, circa 1726-30
Lot 15*
A Meissen Hausmaler grotesque teapot and cover, circa 1726-30
Sold for £109,250 (US$ 182,763) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Meissen Hausmaler grotesque teapot and cover, circa 1726-30
Of globular form as a bearded man squatting on a shell covered by a cloak and holding the gilt fish spout, the gilt handle composed of a caryatid figure with scroll terminal supporting a centaur, decorated in Augsburg by Anna Elisabeth Wald with a chinoiserie scene on each side on a gilt scrollwork bracket, the purple drapery decorated with incised foliate scrollwork, the figure in orange fleshtones, the shell base embellished in green and gilding and the helmet-shaped cover in gilding, surmounted by a gilt frog, 15.5cm high, I and k within a circle in iron-red (very minor retouching to gilding) (2)


  • Provenance:
    The collection of the Freiherren von Ketteler, Schloss Schwarzenraben;
    Private Collection, Germany

    U. Pietsch/K. Jacobsen, Frühes Meissener Porzellan (1997), no. 158;
    Ulrich Pietsch, Passion for Meissen (2010), no. 57

    Düsseldorf, Hetjens-Museum, Frühes Meissener Porzellan, 19 January to 6 April 1997;
    Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen - Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, Frühes Meissener Porzellan, 7 May to 13 July 1997

    This grotesque teapot form is based on an engraving by Jacques Stella published in Livre des Vases (1667). The model is first mentioned at the Meissen factory in 1719, and may have been modelled by the Dresden court goldsmith, Johann Jacob Irminger, or the former George Fritzsche. A similarly decorated example was in the collection of Baron von Born, Budapest, sold by Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, 4 December 1929, lot 130.

Saleroom notices

  • There has been some damage and restoration to the cover and to the spout.
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