Meissen Porcelain Kakiemon Decagonal Bowl
Circa 1730, blue crossed swords mark
Boldly painted with opaque enamels in the Kakiemon palette, the exterior with female figures in kimonos among banded hedges and flowering shrubs, the interior with two boys, each enticing a kylin with a tethered peony blossom, the everted brown line rim richly decorated with an interrupted band of scrolling foliage.
Height 4 inches, diameter 9 inches.
Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1970, lot 131.
This rare pattern is found on a vase in the Klemperer Collection, pl. 19, no. 183 and on a teapot illustrated by Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, pl. 64, no. 238.
Thomas Dimsdale (1712-1800) was a physician and the author of The Present Method of Inoculating for the Smallpox in 1767. Empress Catherine II of Russia invited him to Russia to inoculate her son, Grand Duke Paul and approximately 100 other members of the court. She thanked the physician by making him a Baron of the Russian Empire. His son Nathaniel, who had accompanied him on the journey, received the same title.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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