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A Meissen Böttger polished stoneware gilt-metal-mounted tankard, circa 1711-13. Estimate 4,0006,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

probably modelled by Johann Jacob Irminger, of tall cylindrical form with loop handle, the hinged cover inset with a Saxon thaler dated 1711, depicting the King on horseback, coat of arms below, the reverse inscribed ‘FRID:AUG: REX ELECTOR & VICARIUS POSTMORT:IOSE:IMPERAT:MDCCXI’, hairline crack, 16.5cm., 6 1/2 in high

PROPERTY OF A GERMAN BARONESS

Note: This form was probably designed by the Dresden Court Goldsmith, Johann Jacob Irminger. The Meissen manufactory inventory of 3rd August 1711 lists numerous tankards including ‘54 hohe glatte Bier Krüge (gebrannt)’ [highly glazed Beer mugs]. See Claus Boltz, Formen des Böttgersteinzeugs im Jahre 1711′, Mitteilungsblatt der Keramikfreunde der Schweiz, 96/1982, pp.7-40. A closely related example is in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Porzellan-sammlung, inv. no. P.E.2247 (pub. by Willi Goder et al.Johann Friedrich Böttger die Erfindung des Europäischen Porzellans, 1982, no.78)

Sotheby’s. Of Royal and Noble Descent, London, 24 Feb 2015, 10:30 AM

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