A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725

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Lot 49
A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725

Sold for £ 112,750 (US$ 152,085) inc. premium
A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725
In the form of a peach with a gilt branch handle and spout, the tops with smaller branch terminals applied with leaves to the body, each side finely painted with a chinoiserie scene of figures engaged in various pursuits, scattered insects in flight overhead, the details heightened in gilding, on a gilt scrollwork pedestal filled with Böttger lustre and edged with puce scrolls, a similar scene to the shoulder above the spout and a gilt scrollwork motif with central flowerhead to the top, 14.5cm high (two small flat chips to footrim)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Enrico Caviglia, Lugano, 1986;
    Private Collection, Switzerland (sold at Christie's London, 8 July 2002, lot 14)

    Literature:
    J. Munger, European Porcelain in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018), p. 65 and n. 11

    The form is based on a Chinese, Kangxi, example of the early 18th century (fig. 1, published by Munger, op. cit., p. 65, fig. 29).

    Only three other examples of this form with Meissen polychrome chinoiserie decoration are recorded, all in museum collections, and the present lot is the only one with fully gilt handle and spout: one is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (formerly in the Walter von Pannwitz Collection), published by Munger, op. cit., no. 16; another is in the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (inv. no. G83.1.584 - formerly in the collection of Dr. Wilhlem Dosquet, Berlin (sold at Hans W. Lange, Berlin, 19-21 May 1941, lot 485); and a third is in the Getty Museum (inv. no. 85.DE.381).

    Four other examples of the form are recorded: an unfinished example in the Dresden porcelain collection with gilt cartouches and ornamental scrollwork; one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no. 54.147.70) with gilt chinoiserie decoration executed in Augsburg; a third, similarly decorated in the Cagnola Collection (La Collezione Cagnola, II (1999), no. 65); and a fourth with Hausmaler decoration, possibly Bayreuth, depicting polychrome chinoiserie figures in the Pauls-Eisenbeiss Collection (E. Pauls-Eisenbeiss, German Porcelain of the 18th Century, I (1972), p. 440.
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A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725
A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725
A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725
A very rare Meissen wine pot, circa 1725
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