BEAKER AND SAUCER WITH MEISSEN-STYLE HARBOR SCENE

Reference #: CEPES85

circa1740-50

Height 2 15/16 in.; Diameter 5 5/16 (7.4cm and 13.5cm.)

PROVENANCE: Sidney L. Moss, London

each painted within a Meissen-style gilt scroll-edged quatrefoil panel with two gentlemen conversing near an ecclesiastical building on a river bank with a town on the far bank, the saucer with further figures and a dog on the far bank and a fisherman in the foreground , and the rim edged in gilding.

The fluted hexagonal teapot stand from this service was sold at Christie’s in Amsterdam on May 15, 1990, lot 135. The decoration must have been based on a Messen piece sent to China because other Chinese Export tea wares are known witht his scene within differently shaped but similar scroll and ‘perlmutter’-edged cartouches and with various subsidiary decoration and borders around the rims. A teapot with this scene in an almost identical panel but also decorated with Meissen-style indianische Blumen, was in the collection of Angelo Castelo Branco Cerquiera Caldas, sold at Sotheby’s in London on May 8, 1990, lot 126.

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