Meissen Porcelain Small Octagonal Plate from the 'Christie-Miller Service'
Circa 1740, blue crossed swords mark and Pressnummer 22.
The center finely painted in colors with a high bluff before a Rhineland river and valley landscape, the foreground with male and female figures conversing on a terrace beside a boardwalk, small boats and the spires of the town in the distance, within a black line octagonal reserve, the gilt trellis-pattern well reserved with four quatrefoil vignette panels, two with harbor scenes with galleons, two with purpur-Malerei river landscapes, the border with four further vignettes, of either landscape or harbor views, within similar quatrefoil cartouches flanked by gilt ombrierte foliage scrolls, shells and scrolling panels of line ornament, gilt line rim.
Diameter 6 3/4 inches.
Samuel R. Christie-Miller Collection.
Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1970, lot 16 part (1 or 2).
For three examples [sold as part of the Christie-Miller Collection on 7 July 1970, lots 1, 20, and 43 and subsequently part of the Pflueger Collection], see Hugo Morley-Fletcher, Early European Porcelain & Faience, as Collected by Kiyi and Edward Pflueger, pp. 42-45. These three examples are now at the Fine Arts Museum Boston. A fourth example, lot 26 of the Christie-Miller sale, entered the Carabelli Collection, Switzerland, see U. Pietsch, Frühes Meissner Porzellan, Sammlung Carabelli Catalogue, pp. 242-243, no. 118, and p. 244, where he mentions an example in the Pauls Collection, Switzerland which has a G.H. monogram on the saddlebag of a horse, which he attributes to Georg Heintze. For the examples in the Hoffmeister Collection, see D. Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, Katalog der Sammlung Hoffmeister, Vol. I, nos. 96-101. The two Hoffmeister Collection plates subsequently offered by Bonham's on 25th November 2005, lots 63 and 64. For recent Christie's, London sales, see 12 May 2010, lot 87; 11 December 2007, lot 111; 21 February 2005, lot 95; 7 July 2003, lot 100; and Christie's, Geneva, 8 May 1989, lot 103 and 13 November 1989, lots 155 and 156.
See notes to the three preceding entries.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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