A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30

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Lot 176*
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30

Sold for £ 128,500 (US$ 176,592) inc. premium
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
Of globular form with a loop handle and curved spout with mask terminal, finely painted in famille verte-style in enamels and Böttger lustre with a continuous garden scene depicting, on one side, three figures, of which one holds a child and another a fan, and on the reverse a figure flying a kite by stylised rockwork and plants, below a band of iron-red flowers and green foliage between red lines, gilt bands to the rims, the domed cover similarly decorated with an elaborate gilt foliate and trellis border around the finial, 11.5cm high, M.P.M. in underglaze-blue (2)

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  • Provenance:
    Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer Collection, Dresden, to 1938, when confiscated by the German authorities;
    With Elfriede Langeloh, Cologne;
    Ralph Wark Collection, Florida, acquired from the above;
    Restituted by the Cummer Museum to the heirs of Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer in September 2012

    Literature:
    L. Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Porzellansammlung Gustav von Klemperer (1928), no. 107;
    M. Gristina, The Wark Collection Early Meissen Porcelain (1984), no. 105

    Exhibition:
    Jacksonville, Florida, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 1965-2014

    The only other recorded teapot of this type, of which the cover has slightly different decoration, was in the collections of Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (sold by H. Ball & P. Graupe, Berlin, 23-25 March 1931, lot 483) and Otto and Magdalena Blohm (published by R. Schmidt, Early European Porcelain as collected by Otto Blohm (1953), no. 21). Three similarly decorated goblets of very rare form are recorded in the literature: two are in the Rijksmuseum (formerly in the Franz and Margarete Oppenheimer Collection, Berlin, and then the Fritz Mannheimer Collection, Amsterdam; published by A.L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum (2000), no. 19), and another is in the Dresden Porcelain Collection (published by O. Walcha, Meissner Porzellan (1973), pl. 46).

    The collection of Meissen porcelain formed by Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer in Dresden was one of the finest ever assembled. It was formed between the mid 1890s and Gustav von Klemperer's death on 27 December 1926. A few weeks later, Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld's catalogue of the collection was published in a limited private edition of 150 copies. It is the only complete record of the collection, which was seized by the Nazis at the end of 1938, and is presumed to have been mostly destroyed in the bombing of Dresden in February 1945. Of the pieces and fragments that were recovered from the rubble after WWII, most were generously donated by the von Klemperer family to the Dresden Porcelain Collection as a permanent reminder of two of the city's greatest porcelain collectors. A small group was sold in these Rooms, 8 December 2010, lots 35-70.
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A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
A very rare Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1725-30
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