Böttger White Porcelain Hausmalerei Commedia dell'Arte Beaker
Circa 1720, the painted decoration circa 1730 and attributed to F.F. Mayer of Pressnitz
Of conical form with everted rim, the interior edge with a gilt foliate band, the exterior molded with flowering prunus branches and alternately enameled with a holzschnitt-Blumen tulip and a dianthus growing in a garden and with a figure of a black faced Harlequin depicted gesturing in typical diamond-pattern costume, a dagger tucked in a sash at his waist, on a recessed double ring foot-rim.
Height 3 1/8 inches.
Christie's, London, 16 March 1970, lot 73.
Previously attributed to the workshop of Johann Philip Dannhöfer (1712-1790). porcelain.
Mayer of Pressnitz, was active as a Hausmaler on Meissen porcelain between 1735-40.
For a Japanese Palace Böttger blanc-de-chine beaker, circa 1720, offered together with a Chinese prototype, see Christie's, London 5 July 2004, lot 3. These early examples also noted as having a double concentric footrim.
For a later part tea-service with similar decoration, compare the Meissen prunus-molded Hausmalerei service, circa 1730, attributed to Franz Ferdinand Mayer, illustrated by Hans Syz, J. Jefferson Miller II, Rainer Rückert, 1979, Catalogue of the Hans Syz Collection: Meissen Porcelain and Hausmalerei, pp. 538-539 1979.0120.11ab and now Smithsonian Art Institute, Washington D.C.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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