A Meissen chinoiserie scent-flask and cover, circa 1730, grey enamel CLSS mark and indistinct lower case script mark. Estimate £40,000 – £60,000 ($63,600 – $95,400). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Of flattened axe-head form, each side painted possibly by C.F. Herold with Oriental figures at various pursuits within axe-head shaped gilt cartouches flanked by single figures on Böttger-lustre and gilt scroll supports, the sides with iron-red figural oval medallions enclosed by iron-red and purple foliage with swag and husk ornament, the oval cover with a carnation finial and gilt scroll border (slight wear to gilding, small chips to leaves of finial) – 6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high
Provenance: R.W.M. Walker Collection; sale, Christie’s, London, 25 July 1945, lot 1 (to J.P. Thomas for £68 and 5 shillings).
Literature: W.B. Honey, Dresden China, London, 1934, pl. XV d.
Notes: The standing figure holding a teabowl and saucer above an urn on one of the Böttger-lustre supports is derived from sheet 7 (middle row, far left) of Höroldt’s Schulz Codex, illustrated above
Two pairs of flasks and covers of the same very rare axe-head shape, forming part of the toilet-service of the Grand Dukes of Schleswig at Schloss Glücksburg, are illustrated in the article by Hermann Jedding, ‘Eine Meissener Toilette-Garnitur in Schloss Glücksburg’, Keramos, No. 130, October 1990, p. 8, pl. 8 and 9. A flask and cover from that service was sold from the Collection of the late Siegfried and Lola Kramarsky at Christie’s in New York on October 30 1993, lot 21.
Christie’s. THE JOHN SHEARER COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT MEISSEN, VINCENNES AND SEVRES, 25 November 2014, London, King Street