A very rare early Meissen beaker, circa 1715-20

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Lot 226
A very rare early Meissen beaker, circa 1715-20

Sold for £ 4,375 (US$ 5,982) inc. premium
A very rare early Meissen beaker, circa 1715-20
Decorated in the workshop of George Funcke, Dresden, in gilding edged and heightened in iron-red, one side with a chinoiserie figure balancing on a branch with curious scrolling leaves, the reverse with a bird perched on a leafy branch, the sides with an insect and two florets, 7.1cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Korthaus Collection, Frankfurt, sold Christie's London, 1 March 1993, lot 3;
    The Hoffmeister Collection, Hamburg, Bonhams London, 24 November 2010, lot 1

    Literature:
    D. Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, vol. I (1999), no. 7

    Exhibited:
    Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1999-2009

    A small group of early Meissen porcelain, probably decorated in the workshop of George Funcke, Dresden, combines gilding with an outline of iron-red, occasionally with the addition of other colours. The present lot is one of two similar beakers from the Korthaus Collection. A set of five similar early beakers, with gilt and iron-red decoration was sold by Galerie Hugo Helbing in Munich, 26 May 1911, lot 130 (as Vienna). Two of these are now in the Malcolm Gutter Collection, San Francisco, see M. Santangelo, A Princely Pursuit (2018), cat. no. 16.

    A Meissen teabowl and saucer with chinoiserie figures and similar use of iron red was sold in these Rooms, 5 July 2018, lot 21. Other examples of this rare, early style of decoration include 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 is in the Malcolm Gutter Collection (formerly in the collections of Rudolf Just, Prague, and Marjorie West, Atlanta (M. Santangelo, cat. no. 34); 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.
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A very rare early Meissen beaker, circa 1715-20
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