Lot 14. A Meissen circular stand, circa 1725-30. Estimate £20,000 - 30,000 (€24,000 - 36,000). Photo Bonhams.
dense foliage reserved with coloured chrysanthemum heads, enclosed by a broad gilt and Böttger lustre band of diamond-shaped trellis panels enclosed by foliate strapwork, the rim with four chinoiserie scenes, each within a gilt and Böttger lustre cartouche edged with iron-red and purple foliate scrollwork, alternating with an oval floral medallion flanked by foliate scrollwork, the reverse with three trailing branches of indianische Blumen, 21.7cm diam, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue
Provenance: Ludwig Darmstädter Collection, Berlin, sold by Rudolph Lepke's, Berlin, 24-26 March 1925, lot 132;
Sold by Hugo Ruef, Munich, June 1981;
Hoffmeister Collection, Hamburg (acquired in 1985)
Literature: D. Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts Sammlung Hoffmeister (1999), vol. I, no.
Exhibited: Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Sammlung Hoffmeister, 1999-2009
Notes: Six similar circular stands, formerly in the collection of Franz and Margarete Oppenheimer, Berlin - which was acquired in the late 1930s by the Amsterdam-based collector, Fritz Mannheimer - were sold in 1977 from the Maurice de Rothschild Collection (Christie's London, 28 March 1977, lots 22 and 23; 17 October 1977, lots 8 and 9).
Professor Dr. Ludwig Darmstädter (1846-1927) was one of the earliest and most discerning collectors of 18th century German porcelain. His collection was considered one of the finest and most important of the pre-War period.
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