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Meissen Lobed Bowl

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Dates Circa 1730
Medium Porcelain
Origin Germany
Description A small early Meissen five-lobed bowl painted in a Kakiemon palette with trailing flowers and leaves and persimmons.

Marks: Over-glaze crossed swords mark. The Japanese Palace inventory mark of a wheel incised N=335 W 

Provence: The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden

The incised ‘Johanneum’ or palace inventory mark on the underside indicates this piece was once part of the collection in the Japanisches Palais.

4cm High

11cm Dia.

Meissen Kakiemon decorated pieces with an over-glaze blue crossed mark come from a collection of pieces that are known as the van Hoym/Lemaire scandal. They were made between 1729 and 1731 and were part of a duplicitous scheme where these pieces were especially made by Count Karl Henrich von Hoym, the director general of the Meissen factory, which were to be exported to and sold by the Paris merchant Rodolphe Lemaire. Once with this merchant, the mark could be easily erased and then sold as a genuine Japanese Kakiemon piece, which was more valuable. This was discovered in 1731, resulting in both parties being arrested with all the pieces seized (from Von Holm’s palace) and taken to Dresden, where they were inventoried and accessioned with the incised palace numbers.

Condition Two small chips restored to edge and a tiny nick unrestored to the back of rim.
Literature Maria D. Santangelo, Princely Pursuit; The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Meissen Porcelain, p.181 & M. Cassidy Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain 1710-50, for the full story of this saga.