Reference #: CEPES39

Circa 1785

Length: 2 3/8 inches; Diameters 3 9/16 and 5 ½ inches (6 cm; 9.1 and 14cm)

The collection of J. Campling, Esq., sold, Sotheby’s, London, June 21, 1977,
lot 88 (a pair)
The Property of a Gentleman, sold, Christie’s, London, November 10, 1983,
lot 726 (a pair)

San Francisco. Fall Antiques Show, 1995

each of ogee and painted with Zephyr offering a posy to Flora reclining in a glade, the scalloped and barbed rim with a flowering vine border.

An identically decorated lobed oval dish is illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, p. 306, no. 13.58, who suggest that the scene represents Zephyr and Flora, rather than Cupid and Psyche or Venus, and who also illustrate as no. 13.59, a plate of circa 1755, with a slightly simplified version of this scene. A milk jug of circa 1745 with this decoration is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, Vol. l, p.330, no. 326, who on p. 331 comment that in the British Museum, London, there is a Meissen Hausmaler bowl., circa 1745, painted by Johann Friedrich Metzsch (d. 1766) of Bayreuth (illustrated by Phillips, p. 150, fig. 47 and by W.B Honey, Dresden China [Troy, New York, 1946], pl. XXVI (c) with Venus and Cupid in mirror, but inspired possibly by the same print.

A tea bowl with a slightly debased version of the subject en grisaille is illustrated by Litzenburg and Bailey, who suggested that it “could be after an engraving by Benoît Audran I(1661-1721) copying Antoine Coypel (1661-1722).”

An Identical teacup and saucer illustrated by Veiga, p. 130, pl. 103, was in the collection of Jorge Getulio Veiga, sold at Sotheby’s in London on October 31, 1989, lot 252; and sold subsequently at Sotheby’s in Monte Carlo on February 29, 1992, lot 506.

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