A Meissen Hausmalerei goldchinesen teapot and cover, circa 1725, the Augsburg decoration circa 1730-35. Estimate £4,000 – £6,000 ($6,308 – $9,462). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Decorated in gilding at Augsburg in the Seuter workshop, each side with a vignette of Orientals at various pursuits within canopied tents, supported on diaper-pattern and scrolled supports, one figure seated on a chair inscribed ‘B/D S’ (?), within a gilt band and foliate scroll border (flat chip to rim of cover, small chips to finial, some wear to gilding); 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high
Provenance: The Property of the Trustees of the Pepper Arden Estate, Pepper Arden Hall, Yorkshire; Sale, Sotheby’s, Zurich, 26 June 1971, lot 1.
Anonymous sale: Sotheby’s, London, 9 October 1973, lot 21.
With Winfred Williams, Eastbourne.
Note: The deliberate inclusion of the inscription B/D S (?) concealed within the hatched ornament below a chair most likely refers to the Seuter workshop and the decoration may be the work of Batholomäus Seuter. Siegfried Ducret records several signed pieces from the Seuter workshop, see ‘Augsburger Hausmalerei’, Keramos, No. 37, July 1967, pp. 6-7, Abb. 3 & p. 26 & Abb. 29 & 30.
CHRISTIE’S. THE JOHN SHEARER COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT MEISSEN, VINCENNES AND SEVRES, 25 November 2014, London, King Street