A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 4
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19

Sold for £ 131,312 (US$ 171,487) inc. premium
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19
Decorated in two tones of gilding with foliate devices and scrollwork borders, the inside of the foot washed in gilding, 14.4cm high (cover restuck) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Margravine Karoline Luise of Baden-Durlach (1723-83);
    Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig of Baden (1755-1801);
    Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden (1826-1907);
    Thence by descent; the Collections of the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden, sold by Sotheby's Baden-Baden, 18 October 1995, lot 1268 (part), when acquired by Heinz Reichert on behalf of the present owner

    Literature:
    Karl Koelitz, Beschriebendes Inventar der Allerhöchsten Privatsammlung kunstgewerblicher Gegenstände (unpublished ms, Karlsruhe, 1883), inv. no. 848;
    Marc Rosenberg, Die Kunstkammer in großherzoglichen Residenzschloss zu Karlsruhe (1892), pl. 21;
    Rainer Rückert/Johann Willsberger, Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts (1977), pl. 11c;
    C. Eberhard (ed.), Carl Friedrich und seine Zeit, exhibition catalogue (1981), no. 5.4.2;
    Claus Boltz, Steinzeug und Porzellan der Böttgerperiode, Keramos 167/168 (2000)p. 12, ill. 6;
    Monika Kopplin (ed.), Schwartz Porcelain (2003), no. 77;
    M. Cassidy-Geiger, Porcelain and Prestige. Princely Gifts and "White Gold" from Meissen, in M. Cassidy-Geiger (ed.), Fragile Diplomacy (2007), p. 13, fig. 1-24, cat. no. 21

    Exhibited:
    Karlsruhe, Zähringer Museum, Grand Ducal Residence, from 1879;
    Baden-Baden, Zähringer Museum, Neues Schloss, ca. 1960-93;
    Baden-Baden, Neues Schloss, 'Carl Friedrich und seine Zeit', Markgräfl.-Bad. Museen, 1981;
    Münster, Museum für Lackkunst, Schwartz Porcelain, 7 December 2003-7 March 2004;
    Schloß Favorite bei Rastatt, Schwartz Porcelain, 20 March-27 June 2004;
    New York, The Bard Graduate Centre. 'Fragile Diplomacy', 15 November 2007-10 February 2008, no. 21


    This small vase and cover was part of a group of Meissen Böttger stoneware decorated in imitation of lacquer that was inherited by the Margravine Karoline Luise of Baden-Durlach (1723-83) in the second half of the 18th century. It was exhibited together with most of the historic porcelain and stoneware that she inherited from various members of her and her husband's families as part of a scientific display in the Naturalia Cabinet in the Karlsruhe Residence. The Böttger stoneware, along with much of the porcelain collection, is listed in her posthumous inventory, which is repeated in that of her son, Karl Ludwig von Baden-Durlach (1755-1801). In the inventory, and probably also in the display of the Naturalia Cabinet, these vases were grouped together with other similar, but apparently unrelated, lacquered Böttger stoneware, including an octagonal coffee pot, this and another small vase, two octagonal teapots, two octagonal sugar boxes and six teabowl and saucers (Verlassenschaft des Erbprinzen Karl Ludwig von Baden-Durlach, 1805-09, Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe (GLA) FA 6 Person 12 II: 'das Naturalien Cabinett: Fein irdenes Geschirr [p. 102 recto, no. 599] 1 Garnitur von brauner Erde stark vergoldet, bestehend in: 1 achteckichter Kaffeekannte, 2 do Karaffen mit Dekel, 2 do Theepots mit Deckel, 2 do Zuckerbüchsen mit Deckel [...]. The Böttger stoneware may originally have been in the collection of the Margravine Sibylla Augusta of Baden-Baden (1675-1733), who assembled an important collection of Chinese and European ceramics including early Meissen stoneware and porcelain in Schloss Favorite, that was inherited by Karoline Luise in 1771. However, Karoline Luise also inherited early Meissen stoneware and porcelain from other members of her husband's family, as well as from her own grandparents.

    These flasks, together with the rest of the 'garniture', were exhibited from 1879 in the same rooms in the Grand Ducal Residence in Karlsruhe that had contained the Naturalia Cabinet and they are listed in the inventory of 1883 by Karl Koelitz. When the last Grand Duke of Baden abdicated in 1918, this collection was considered the family's private property and, in 1919, it was moved to the Neues Schloss, Baden-Baden, where from around 1960 it was on public display as part of the Zähringer Museum. Most of the lacquered stonware mentioned in the 18th-century inventory is now in the collection of the Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Schloss Favorite (inv. nos. G7573, 7577, 7580-81) are published by U. Grimm / U. Wiese, Was Bleibt (1996), pp. 52ff. The companion vase from the Baden collections was in a Swiss private collection between 1995 and 2007 (sold by Christies London, 11 December 2007, lot 3).
Contacts
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19
A very rare Meissen Böttger stoneware black-lacquered octagonal vase and cover, circa 1710-19
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine, Whisky and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.