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A Meissen silver-gilt-mounted chinoiserie tankard and cover, circa 1725, the mounts 18th centuryEstimate £50,000 – £80,000 ($79,500 – $127,200). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

Probably painted by J. G. Höroldt with an Oriental seated on an elevated canopied chair, with children and attendants and three Orientals at a table on a terrace below, within a shaped circular cartouche with Böttger-lustre panels and edged with gilt and shadowed iron-red scrolls, flanked by flowering shrubs issuing from rockwork with Böttger lustre sections, the cover with a circular gilt-edged medallion painted with chinoiserie figures within iron-red and gilt Laub-und-Bandelwerk borders, the hinged silver-gilt mount with a foliate thumbpiece (small chip to upper rim of tankard, slight wear to gilding); 6 ¾ in. (17.7 cm.) high overall

Provenance: Property of a Lady; sale Sotheby’s, London, 14 March 1967, lot 128.
With Winifred Williams, London, from whom it was acquired on 1 October 1982.

Notes: The seated figure on an elevated chair may be loosely derived from a drawing of a similar figure under a canopy on sheet 2 of Höroldt’s Schulz Codex, illustrated overleaf.

The present tankard is one of very few recorded examples with their original porcelain covers. All are cylindrical with domed covers and flat central roundels. A tankard of the same form as the present lot, decorated with a cartouche of the same shape (painted with a topographical scene) is illustrated by Yvonne Hackenbroch, Meissen and other Continental Porcelain, Faience and Enamel, The Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1956, pl. 94, fig. 142, and another similar topographical example was sold at Christie’s in New York on 23 April 1998, lot 52. A third example painted with chinoiseries, formerly in the collection of Jörge Nelte, was sold in these Rooms on 12 October 1995, lot 96 and a fourth, decorated with an unusual combination of shipping scenes, insects and snails is illustrated by Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, London, 2008, p. 415, no. 171. Several tankards with chinoiserie scenes are illustrated by Ulrich Pietsch, Johann Gregorius Höroldt 1696-1775 und die Meissener Porzellan-Malerei, Exhibition Catalogue, Zwinger Porzellansammlung, Dresden, Leipzig, 1996, pp. 124-139, nos. 104-112.

Christie’s. THE JOHN SHEARER COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT MEISSEN, VINCENNES AND SEVRES, 25 November 2014, London, King Street