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Meissen Sprit or Table Barrel


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Dates Circa 1740
Medium Porcelain
Origin Germany
Description A rare and important Meissen spirit or table barrel, painted with chinoiserie scenes in the style of Horoldt. The bands are painted in a turquoise ground, which have several cartouches with chinoiserie scenes and harbour scenes in a purple monochrome.

The stopper or bung is in the form of a Bacchanalian putto with grapes and leaves around his body and head. He balances a teabowl and saucer on his head.

With the original gilt metal and wooden tap
Condition The Barrel is in very good condition with a very small graze to the edge 0f the openidng, the figure has some small restoration to the leg where it is re-joined and to the teabowl and saucer
Literature There are similarities to the two small figures on the top of the famous chinoiserie clock dated 1727 in the Hermitage Museum, which are modelled by Georg Fritzche (see Fragile Diplomacy by Maureen Cassigy Geiger p. 62)

The Davids Collection, Copenhagen, P.89 no.30. for a barrel with its own porcelain supporting stand, chinoiserie decoration by Stadler, no stopper, dated 1725 in under-glaze blue. early lime green rims to both ends of the barrel. this is perhaps the earliest model known before a separate support is designed

The Louvre Museum Paris, illustrated inb Exhibition catalogue: Pagodes et Dragons, Musee Cermuschi, Paris, 2007 P.197 no.82. for a Meissen Barrel and stand (no stopper), with chinoiserie decoration in the style of Stadler, Circa 1725-30

Morley-Fletcher, Hugo, Meissen: P.34, Chinoiserie decoration early figural stopper and figueral stand Circa 1730, in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich

Dr. Erika Pauls Eisenbeiss, The Pauls-Eisenbeiss Collection, German Porcelain of the 18th century Vol.1.,PP.522-3, where the designer of the figural stopper is discussed

The Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain in the Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida. No.43, Circa 1740, with Watteauesque decoration and Kandler figures on the base and as a stopper