A rare Meissen sea-green-ground water jug made for the Japanese Palace, circa 1730-35
Lot 94
A rare Meissen sea-green-ground water jug made for the Japanese Palace, circa 1730-35
Sold for £13,125 (US$ 17,535) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Meissen sea-green-ground water jug made for the Japanese Palace, circa 1730-35
A rare Meissen sea-green-ground water jug made for the Japanese Palace, circa 1730-35
The pear-shaped body with three gilt-edged oval reserves painted with indianische Blumen, all below a broad, gilt-edged reserve around the neck painted with scattered flowers, the handle pierced for mounting, the later cover with a matching gilt-edged sea-green ground, 21.3cm high (including cover); 17.5cm high excluding cover, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=334/ w (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden (delivered in 1735);
    Turmzimmer, Residenzschloss, Dresden (by 1769);
    Moved from the Turmzimmer back to the Japanisches Palais in 1783;
    Thence by descent in the Royal Collections of Saxony;
    Property of the Free State of Saxony, 1918;
    Property of the former Royal family of Saxony (Haus Wettin, Albertinische Linie e.v.) from 1924;
    Probably moved to Schloss Moritzburg, Saxony, circa 1925 (bearing the Schloss Moritzburg inventory red-lacquered nos. I.A.55a and (I.A.)5(5)b;
    Confiscated in 1945 and incorporated into the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, Inv. no. P.E. 1789;
    Restituted to the former Royal family of Saxony (Haus Wettin, Albertinische Linie) in 1994

    Literature:
    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Porzellansammlung im Zwinger. Führer durch die ständige Ausstellung (1998), p. 169

    Exhibited:
    Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Porzellansammlung im Zwinger, to 1994

    According to a delivery list of 1735 published by Claus Boltz (Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769, in Keramos 153 (1996), p. 95), eight such water jugs with a green ground (including the present lot), along with 30 similarly coloured bottles, ten other jugs in two different sizes, eleven bowls, and ten tobacco jars and covers in two sizes were delivered to the Japanese Palace in 1735, 'auf Sr.: Königl. Mayt. In Pohlen and Chur Fürstl. Durchl: zu Sachßen all gnädst. Hohen Mündlichen Befehl richtig in das Königl: Jap: Palais geliefert' [delivered correctly at the gracious high oral behest of His Royal Highness of Poland and Serene Elector of Saxony to the Royal Japanese Palais].

    By 1769, many of these sea-green-ground pieces had been moved to the Turmzimmer in the Dresden Residenzschloss, when an inventory listed under no. 334: 'Acht Stück dergl. [Wasser-Krüge mit Deckeln, Celadon-Couleur, worauf weiße Felde mit bunten Blümgen nach alt Indianischer Art gemahlt] kleinere mit Deckeln, Henckeln und Schnauzgen, 1 Stck. different, 8 Zoll hoch 5 Zoll in Diam: die andern 7 Stck. aber 7 1/2 Zoll hoch, 4 1/2 Zoll in Diam:' [Eight similar (water jugs with covers, celadon colour, on which are painted white panels with coloured flowers in old Indian style) smaller with covers, handles and spouts, 1 different, 8 Zoll high (1 Zoll = 2,35 cm), 5 Zoll diam.: the other seven 7 1/2 Zoll high, 4 1/2 Zoll diam.] (Boltz, p. 35). A similarly decorated, slightly smaller jug with a spout in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim, has the same inventory number 334; this suggests that the presnt lot is the "different" jug, 8 Zoll high, mentioned in the inventory. The Turmzimmer-Inventory of 1783, records that '1 differentes Stück Nr. 334 Wasserkrüge kleinere' was removed from the Turmzimmer and taken to the Japanese Palais (again) and listed in vol. II, fol. 85b of its inventory (Boltz, p. 17).

    See also J. Weber, Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern (2013), II, nos. 422 and 423, for related sea-green-ground water jugs with Japanese Palace inventory numbers 333 and 334 now in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim.
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