A very rare Meissen slop bowl with gold paillon and enamel decoration, circa 1720

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A very rare Meissen slop bowl with gold paillon and enamel decoration, circa 1720

Sold for £ 9,375 (US$ 11,720) inc. premium
A very rare Meissen slop bowl with gold paillon and enamel decoration, circa 1720
Probably decorated in Paris, applied with die-stamped gold appliqués embellished with blue, red and green enamels depicting chinoiserie vignettes of figures, birds, plants and buildings, and birds and insects in flight, the interior and rims gilt, 16.5cm diam.; 7.5cm high (some losses to gilding and applied decoration, restuck chip to footrim)

Footnotes

  • For a discussion of this and related types of gold decoration on Meissen, French and Chinese porcelain, see Errol Manners, Gold Decoration on French, German, and Oriental Porcelain in the early 18th Century, in The French Porcelain Society Journal, IV (2011), pp. 24-42. A closely similar slop bowl with virtually the same sequence of applied decoration and bearing the signature of Christoph Conrad Hunger is in the collection of the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna (figs. 21a-b). The author argues that the signature, the basis for the traditional attribution of this style of decoration to Hunger, may be a fraudulent addition, and suggests that the group can be attributed to French decorators. The Vienna bowl and several other pieces decorated in the same manner are published by G. Pazaurek, Die Deutsche Fayence- und Porzellan-Hausmaler (1925), I, pl. 10, ill. 117. A Meissen teabowl and saucer with similar decoration in the Grassi Museum, Leipzig, is published by Dieter Gielke, Meissener Porzellan des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts (2003), no. 24; a similarly decorated Chinese beaker and saucer in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, is published K. Pechstein/N. Götz, Böttgersteinzeug und fruhes Meißener Porzellan (1982), no. 95.
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