A rare meissen silver-gilt mounted ewer (Schnabelkanne), circa 1725, the hinged silver-gilt cover with Augsburg town mark and maker's mark EA for Elias Adam
the cylindrical body probably painted by J.G.Höroldt, with a continuous scene of Orientals at various pursuits including a mandarin being carried in a palanquin by two bearers, a couple embracing, a kneeling boy playing with a toy, between bands of gilt Laub-und Bandelwerk, the circular spreading foot with a broad gilt band, the cover and handle mount flat chased with Régence ornament on matting (haircrack across lower handle terminal, some wear to gilding) - 24cm., 9½in. Estimate 30,000—40,000 GBP
NOTE: Two undecorated examples of this rare form at Lustheim are illustrated by R.Rückert, Meissner Porzellan (Munich 1966), pl.9, nos.22 and 23.
Sotheby's. Important Continental Furniture, Ceramics and Clocks. 02 Dec 08. London - www.sotheby's.com