A pair of Meissen teabowls and saucers, circa 1724, gilder’s z. mark to each piece, one saucer with Dreher’s x to footrim, the other saucer with i to footrim. Estimate £8,000 – £12,000 ($12,720 – $19,080). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
Painted with shipping scenes including merchants in discussion and at work on quaysides and galleons at anchor and at sea within quatrefoil cartouches edged with gilt scrolls enclosing Böttger-lustre panels issuing shadowed iron-red foliate scrolls, the interior of the teabowls with Oriental birds and shrubs, within gilt Laub-und–Bandelwerk borders, the reverse of the saucers with sprays of indianische Blumen (very slight wear to gilding on saucers)
Provenance: The Abercorn Heirlooms Trust; ‘Fine Continental Porcelain’, sold Christie’s, London, 5 December 1983, lot 239.
Notes: The shipping scenes on these teabowls and saucers are probably based on the series of engravings ‘Suite de huit Marines‘ by the Florentine draughtsman and printmaker Stefano della Bella (1610-1664). See Ulrich Pietsch et al.,Triumph of the Blue Swords, Dresden, 2010, p. 213, cat. no. 101, for a tea and coffee service painted with very similar scenes from the same source, which was sold in the Marouf Collection, Part I, at Bonham’s in London on 5 December 2012, lot 20.
Christie’s. THE JOHN SHEARER COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT MEISSEN, VINCENNES AND SEVRES, 25 November 2014, London, King Street