An important early Meissen octagonal dish, circa 1721

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Lot 16
An important early Meissen octagonal dish, circa 1721

Sold for £ 8,187 (US$ 10,962) inc. premium
An important early Meissen octagonal dish, circa 1721
Painted in underglaze-blue, probably by Johann Kaspar Ripp, with a large circular chinoiserie scene depicting two seated figures flanking a table with a teapot in a garden setting with pagodas in the distance, within concentric circles and a border of overlapping arches and scrolls, the rim decorated with a foliate trellis ground reserved with large flower panels alternating with smaller panels with beribboned auspicious objects, the reverse of the rim and inside of the footrim with concentric circles, 29cm across (restored)

Footnotes

  • Claus Boltz diacovered a notice in the Meissen archives that could provide a clue to the present lot: '6.Dez.1721 D.6.Dec.Zeigte Köhler eine große Schüßel, so dermaßen wohlgerathen,daß man dergleichen hieselbst noch nie gesehen:und wie ich von andern höre,so hat er deren noch dreye.Wozu er noch mehr große Stücke samlet und solche hernach zugleich offeriren will. [On 6th December Köhler showed a large dish, so successful that nothing comparable is known: and as I hear from others, he has three more of them. To which he is adding still more large pieces and wants to afterwards offer them all together] (quoted by Claus Boltz in correspondence with the current owner). The arcanist, David Köhler (1683-1723), was one of J.F Böttger's closest collaborators who became technical director of the manufactory after Böttger's death and succeeded in solving the problem of underglaze-blue decoration in February 1720. The manufactory director, Graf (Count) Seebach, promised the arcanists Köhler and Samuel Stöltzel 100 talers in 1721 if they were to "succeed in preparing large pieces" (R. Rückert, Biographische Daten der Meißener Manufakturisten des 18. Jahrhunderts (1990), p. 50).

    The very accomplished underglaze-blue decoration is most likely the work of Johann Caspar Ripp, an experienced faience painter who is recorded in the Meissen manufactory between 1720 and 1723. The seated chinoiserie figures and the hanging willow trees, in particular, appear on several other early examples of Meissen underglaze-blue decoration attributed to Ripp: see, for example, the large baluster vase in the Dresden porcelain collection with comparably dense decoration (K.-P. Arnold et al., Meissener Blaumalerei aus drei Jahrhunderten (1988), no. 12); and the baluster vase in the Gutter Collection (M.L. Santangelo, A Princely Pursuit (2018), no. 23).

    No other examples of this form appear to be recorded in the literature.
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