Böttger Red Stoneware Coffee Pot and Cover
Circa 1710-15, designed by J.J. Irminger
Of squared pear form, the conforming domed cover with pagoda knop, the scroll handle with channeled sides and a studded exterior, the squared curved spout issuing from the gaping jaws of a scaly serpent, a double-scroll bridge support above, each side of the body lightly polished, on a flaring stepped square foot.
Height 7 3/4 inches, width 6 1/2 inches.
Sotheby's, Zurich, 26 June 1971, lot 16.
For an example of this shape, see Rainier Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, pl. 7, no. 18. For another with spout tip and finial replaced, see Hans Syz, J. Jefferson Miller II, Rainer Rückert, 1979, Catalogue of the Hans Syz Collection: Meissen Porcelain and Hausmalerei, pp. 16-17 (now Smithsonian Art Institute, Washington D.C.). A similar example was sold, Christie's, London 1 March 1993, lot 159. A polished brown stoneware example was sold, Christie's, London, 5 July 2004, lot 6. Also see the example illustrated by Ulrich Pietsch, 'Early Meissen Porcelain' Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der Hansestadt Lübeck', 14th November 1993-31st January 1994, and others 26th February-30th April 1994 Exhibition Catalogue (Lübeck, 1993), pp. 20-21, no 2.
The Dresden court-goldsmith Johann Jakob Irminger (1635-1724) was recorded at the Meissen Factory between (1710-24). In the 1770 inventory of the Dresden Royal Collection in the Japanese Palace, 35 of these coffee-pots were recorded. Examples of this shape appear in plain stoneware, polished, black-glazed, enameled and bedecked with mounts and jewels. This form is a hybrid design of Far Eastern and European styles. The spout emerging from the jaws of a serpent and the bridge support follow Chinese conventions in the making of tea and wine pots, while the handle on the pot follows European conventions in the Baroque style
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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