A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730

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A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730

Sold for £ 23,750 (US$ 29,599) inc. premium
A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730
Of ovoid form with a flared gilt-edged foot, painted in Kakiemon style with a red tiger with yellow paws facing a blue tiger with red paws in front of a yellow flowering bamboo shoot, a crane and a bird in flight overhead and flanked by large flowering bushes of indianische Blumen, the reverse with a cockerel pursuing a hen, mounted on a 19th-century gilt-metal base with foliage and scrollwork, raised on three patinated chinoiserie figures of boys on a triangular base, the neck with a gilt-metal collar with scrolls, with a later replacement cover painted in Kakiemon style with two figures flanked by flowers, 51.8cm high including cover, AR monogram in underglaze-blue (2)

Footnotes

  • This beautifully painted vase is a fine example of the way the Meissen manufactory successfully adapted various Japanese and Chinese influences to create new decorative schemes: the two tigers (referred to as lions in the 18th century) and the cockerel and hen are based on different Japanese Kakiemon examples, while the crane and bird are derived from Chinese "famille verte" patterns. The depiction of the hen and cockerel, in particular, is rather rare: copies of a Japanese dish from the collection of Augustus the Strong were made at Meissen around 1730 for the Paris merchant, Lemaire, but this decor was not subsequently used (J. Weber, Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern, vol. I (2013), p. 53 and ill. 24 for the Japanese original and a Meissen copy). Similar combinations can be seen on the garniture of five Meissen Augustus Rex vases in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim (J. Weber, op. cit., vol. II (2013), cat. no. 468).
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A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730
A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730
A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730
A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730
A rare gilt-metal-mounted Meissen Augustus Rex vase, circa 1730
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