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A Meissen beaker, circa 1725Estimate £15,000 – 20,000 (€19,000 – 25,000). Photo: Bonhams.

Of slightly flared, straight-sided form on a gilt gadrooned foot, painted with a continuous chinoiserie scene depicting figures engaged in various pursuits, flanked by flowers and small fences and with insects overhead, below a gilt scrollwork border embellished with Böttger lustre, the inside rim with a broad band of gilt foliate scrollwork, 8cm high

Literature: U. Pietsch/K. Jacobsen, Frühes Meissener Porzellan, exhibition catalogue (1997), no. 164

Exhibited: Düsseldorf, Hetjens-Museum, Frühes Meissener Porzellan Kostbarkeiten aus deutschen Privatsammlungen, 19 January-6 April 1997; thereafter
Dresden, Albertinum, 7 May-13 July 1997

A similar beaker with the same unusual gilt and Böttger lustre border to the rim was in the collection of Baronne Alix de Rothschild, sold by Christie’s London, 28 June 1976, lot 177.

BONHAMS. FINE EUROPEAN CERAMICS AND GLASS INCLUDING PAPERWEIGHTS, 26 Nov 2014 13:00 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET