An early Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1720

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Lot 1
An early Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1720

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,000 - 7,500
Amended
An early Meissen teapot and cover, circa 1720
Of globular form with short spout and loop handle, decorated in gilding with incised details, probably in the workshop of Georg Funcke, Dresden, with six vignettes depicting figures from the Italian Comedy, a gilt saw-tooth border enclosing stars around the rim, the cover with three similar vignettes and sun-motifs with dots around the rim, 10cm high (chips to footrim and some wear) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Korthaus Collection, Frankfurt, sold by Christie's London, 1 March 1993, lot 8 (part);
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 11 November 1996, lot 180 (part);
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 8 July 1997, lot 83;
    Dr. Roy Byrnes Collection, sold by Christie's London, 12 May 2010, lot 7 (part)

    The present lot (together with a matching teabowl and saucer and a slop bowl) is one of a small group of early Meissen porcelain decorated in gilding that differs from the more numerous work of Augsburg decorators, in that the details are scratched through, rather than tooled on the surface of the burnished gilding. The gilt decoration is often edged in iron-red, occasionally with the addition of other colours, such as on four teabowls and saucers with moulded acanthus leaf decoration, decorated in gilding edged in iron-red and with some purple and green enamel highlights (one was in the Rudolf Just Collection, Prague, sold by Sotheby's London, 11 December 2001, lot 234; a second is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, inv. no. C.2&A-1928; a third is in the Württembergisches Landesmuseum, inv. no. G30,14; and a fourth in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, inv. no. 54.684a-b). The saucers have the same sun motif that appears on the cover of the present lot and it seems likely that all were decorated in the workshop of Georg Funcke in Dresden.

    Other examples of this style of decoration include two beakers, formerly in the Korthaus Collection (lots 2 and 3, the latter subsequently in the Hoffmeister Collection, sold in these Rooms, 24 November 2010, lot 1); a set of five similar early beakers, with gilt and iron-red decoration sold by Galerie Hugo Helbing in Munich, 26 May 1911, lot 130 (as Vienna); two of these beakers were sold by Sotheby's London, 18 November 2009, lot 448 (part - as Doccia); and six beakers from the collections of the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden, now in Schloss Favorite.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the tip of the spout has some old, slightly discoloured restoration.
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