Meissen Porcelain Documentary Single-Handled Hausmalerei Beaker
Initialed and dated in puce H.G./ v./ B./ 1732. for Hans Gottlieb von Bressler of Breslau
Of tapering conical form with slightly everted rim and single gilt wish-bone handle, the upper register finely painted in camaïeu puce with a continuous landscape of frolicking Bacchanalian putti carrying grapes, playing blind-man's bluff, making music on a drum, trumpet and tambourine and the last relieving himself at the base of a monument, the lower body molded with flutes, the interior, footrim and recessed banding enriched with gilt.
Height 3 1/8 inches.
Graf. Bressler, Schloss Lauske.
Leopold R. Gellert Collection.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 14 May 1970, lot 266.
Gustave Pazaurek, Deutsche Porzellan und Hausmaler, 1925, Vol. I, fig. 169.
Hans Gottlieb von Bressler's work is discussed in detail by G. Pazaurek, where he quotes W.B. Honey saying, the importance of this cup is considerable as "Bressler's work is so rare".
Count von Bressler studied under the celebrated Hausmaler Ignaz Bottengruber also of Breslau. Bressler is remembered as a painter on porcelain for his own pleasure. In 1766, he is recorded as the mayor of Breslau.
A strikingly similar example from the R. Thornton Wilson Collection is conserved at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, accession no. 50.211.242. Here the putti play similar games and instruments before a walled garden versus a dais and a distant village landscape. The present example including elements of the design after Jacques Stella's series, 'Jeux et plaisirs de l'enfance'.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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