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 Blumen21.7cm diam, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue 


ProvenanceLudwig 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)

LiteratureD. Hoffmeister, Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts Sammlung Hoffmeister (1999), vol. I, no.

ExhibitedHamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Sammlung Hoffmeister, 1999-2009

NotesSix 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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