A rare Meissen armorial deep dish from the Ferrero Service, circa 1740

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Lot 20
A rare Meissen armorial deep dish from the Ferrero Service, circa 1740

Sold for £ 4,000 (US$ 4,893) inc. premium
A rare Meissen armorial deep dish from the Ferrero Service, circa 1740
Painted with scattered flowers, beetles and insects below the arms on the rim, wavy gilt-edged rim, 23.5cm diam., crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, impressed 20 (slight wear)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 28 May 2009, lot 321

    Literature:
    Andreina d'Agliano/Luca Melegati, I Fragili Lussi (2001), no. 102b

    Exhibited:
    Turin, Fondazione Accorsi, I Fragili Lussi: Porcellane di Meissen da musei e collezioni italiane, 2001

    From a service made for the Piedmontese statesman, Carlo Francesco Vincenzo Ferrero, Marchese d'Ormea (1680-1745), who held various ministerial posts under the kings of Sardinia, including minister for foreign affairs and of the interior, as well ambassador in Dresden, culminating in his appointment in 1742 as Grand Chancellor of the kingdom. He served both Vittorio Amadeo II, whom Augustus the Strong sent lavish gifts of Meissen porcelain in 1725 (M. Cassidy-Geiger et al., Fragile Diplomacy (2007), pp. 209-212), as well as his son, Carlo Emmanuele I, in whose favour Vittorio Amadeo abdicated in 1730. The circumstances in which Ferrero acquired this service are not recorded, though it is tempting to speculate that he may have received the service as a gift from Augustus III, perhaps while ambassador in Dresden, or in connection with diplomatic manoeuvrings following the death in 1740 of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles VI, without a male heir, which led to the War of the Austrian Succession.

    The present lot is the only shaped piece recorded from the service; only a few other pieces - all plates and dishes - are recorded in the literature. Other plates are in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim; in the Wark collection; three dishes (30cm and 38.5cm diam.) are in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan (d'Agliano / Melegati loc. cit.); one in the Museo Civico in Turin. A plate from the Hoffmeister Collection, Hamburg, was sold in these Rooms, 25 November 2009, lot 94, and another was in the E.A. Titgemeyer Collection, Osnabrück.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note there is some retouching to the enamel colours in the bluebells and the stem of the tulip, please see full condition report online.
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