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15.05.2019 - ca.10:30 o'clock

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LIDDED PORCELAIN TUREEN ON PRESENTOIR FROM THE MÖLLENDORFF-SERVICE OF FREDERICK THE GREAT.
Meissen. 1762. Model Johann Joachim Kaendler.

Porcelain, decorated in iron-red, colours and gold. Presentoir with scalloped rim and golden scale pattern on iron-red fond. The steep rim decorated with musical supplies, war trophies, scientific instruments and flower bouquets in loose gold cartouches - the so called 'Prussian musical' relief decor. In the centre large iron-red Indian flowers. The round tureen with multiply scalloped outline and bombé body. Along the shoulder also relief decor with sheet music, instruments and bouquets as well as golden scale-decor. On the sides rocaille handles with applied tendrils and blossoms. A figurine of the goddes Pomona is used as the handle of the tureen's high-domed lid. She is surrounded by fruits such as strawberries, cherries and grapes. Tureen: Height 26.5cm, width 33cm. Presentoir ø 39cm.
Swords mark, the presentoir with pressmark 36 and III incised. Condition B. Minimally restored.


Provenance:
Private collection Berlin.
 
Literature:
- Exhibition cat.: Triumph der Schwerter, Meissener Porzellan für Adel und Bürgertum 1710-1815, Pietsch, Ulrich & Banz, Claudia (ed.), Dresden 2010. For the Möllendorff-service Pp.293-295.
- Eikelmann, Renate (ed.): Meißener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts - Die Stiftung Ernst Schneider in Schloß Lustheim, Munich 2004, P.362ff.
- Rückert, Rainer: Meissener Porzellan 1710-1810, Munich 1966, cat.no.469.
- Wittwer, Samuel: Friedrich der Große und das Meißener Porzellan, in: Keramos, Booklet 208, 2010, Pp.17-80.
 
The so-called Möllendorff-Service was part of the voluminous order of six services, Frederick the Great commissioned Meissen with during the Seven Years War (1756-1763). It was received by Wichard von Möllendorff - hence the name - as a birthday present on January 24th 1781 (ibid. p.61). Möllendorff had become a page to Frederick II in the year 1740. In the following years he quickly rose through the military ranks. During the Seven Years War he made many decisions on the battlefield that turned the tables in his commander's favour.
On December 12th 1761 the "Taffel-Service mit roth Mosaique Rand und rothen Indianischen Bluhmen" (Service with red mosaic border and red Indian flowers) - originally intended for Fredericks personal use - was commissioned (Wittwer, 2010, p.54). One can learn from the detailed instructions to Kammerkommisar Justus Lorentz starting in December 1761, preserved in the files of the Saxon State Archive, that the king had a very precise vision
as to the design of the service: "[...] daß auf den gesammten Stücken keine andere Farbe als roth, und zwar von der Couleur, welche des Königs von Polen Majt. vorzüglich lieben, mit Gold untermischet, angebracht werden soll. An statt also bey dem letzten Service, die mosaische oder schuppichte Mahlerey auf dem Rand grün mit Gold ist, soll dieselbe bei diesem neuen Service auf eben die schuppichte Art roth [...] und der schwarze Schatten bey dem grünen hier bey den rothen Schuppen von Gold seyn" (That the entirety of pieces should have no colour other than red, specifically of the couleur that the King of Poland Majt. loves most, mixed with gold, applied to it. Instead of, as with the last service where the mosaic or scaled parts on the border were green with gold, this new service should have the scaled parts red [...] and the black shadow of the green one shall be gold here) (Triumph, 2010, p.294). Originally the 'Service with Prussian-musical design' contained six round tureens with presentoir. Today for example two such tureens can be found in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (C.241&A-1921) and one in the collection of the Gardiner Museums in Toronto Canada (Inventory-No.G83.1.654a-b).

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Voraussichtliche Versandkosten für dieses Lot:
Deutschland: 30,00 Euro zzgl. 4,79 Euro MwSt
EU: 50,00 Euro zzgl. 7,98 Euro MwSt
Weltweit: 90,00 Euro zzgl. 14,37 Euro MwSt
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