Lot 358. A rare Meissen Imari teapot and cover, circa 1722-23. Height: 5 in. Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
painted on the front in underglaze-blue with a tree trunk and gnarled branches, embellished in iron-red and gilding with flowers and leaves, the reverse with a bird in flight beneath a similar gnarled branch extending downwards from the cover decorated with a underglaze-blue bird and scattered flower sprigs, pseudo-seal mark in underglaze-blue.
Provenance: Herbert Wolfe Collection, no. 243, bearing label
Bonhams London, June 17, 1998, lot 58.
Literature: Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 258, p. 540-41, illus.
Note: A further Meissen teapot in this rare pattern in the Dr. Ernst Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim is illustrated in Julia Weber, Meißener Porzellane mit Dekoren nach ostasiatischen Vorbildern, 2013, Band II, pp. 48-49, kat no. 32. Two Chinese or Japanese teapots of this form and decoration with incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=674, designated as Property of the Royal House of Saxony were sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam, October 16-17, 2001, lot 88. These two teapots are referenced by Weber, 2013, p. 49, where the author notes that the incised number indicates they entered the Royal Collection in Dresden after 1727.
Sotheby's Amsterdam, October 16-17, 2001, lot 88.