A very rare Meissen teabowl and saucer, circa 1717

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Lot 34
A very rare Meissen teabowl and saucer, circa 1717

Sold for £ 9,000 (US$ 11,662) inc. premium
A very rare Meissen teabowl and saucer, circa 1717
Moulded with acanthus leaves around the footrims, decorated in the Funcke workshop in Dresden in purple, blue, yellow and green with Baroque strap- and scrollwork borders, a similar motif inside the teabowl and a floral scrollwork border to the reverse of the rim of the saucer (minor rim chips) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 21 October 1975, lot 148;
    Acquired in the above sale;
    The Collection of Eveline Newgas

    A similar teabowl and saucer, formerly in the collections of Paul Schnyder von Wartensee and Hans and Marianne Krieger, is in the Arnhold Collection, New York (published by M. Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain 1710-50 (2008), no. 68, and illustrated by Claus Boltz, Steinzeug und Porzellan der Böttgerperiode, in Keramos 167/168 (2000), ill. 59). Funcke's invoices for enamel colours between 1713-19 (Boltz, ibid., p. 143) record that the colours used on the present lot were all in use by 1717 (while black and red, neither of which are used on the present lot, were first used in 1718).
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