A Tournai Bacchus group, c.1765

A Tournai Bacchus group, c.1765

A Large Tournai figure of Bacchus & his merry band, Circa 1765. Measuring almost 40cm high, this is a very large piece of 18th century porcelain. Modelled in the round, it was intended as a table-piece, to be placed in the center of the table. Bacchus sits astride a barrel raising his cup, accompanied by several cherubs….. rather young to be drinking! One is raising a small glass, while the other is filling a bottle from the bung of the barrel. Moving around the figure, there is a semi-clad woman with a basket of pears….. what her significance is I am not sure, but she doesn’t appear to have a drink: another cherub is approaching her around the rock pile, holding up a bottle while riding a goat backwards; clearly under the influence! The central Bacchus with the barrel & the child filling the bottle is a good recreation of a Meissen model, by Johann Joachim Kaendler, circa 1745. (Moorabool had one such group in the late 1990’s). The rest is the creation of the Tournai artists, who were particulary skilled at creating an ‘island’ of rocks on which the figures are placed, along with foliage to soften the composition; in this case, there are grapevines growing rampant.  Unmarked, it links clearly to other pieces attributed to the porcelain works at Tournai, such as these examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington; http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O99123/clock-case-lecreux-nicolas/  http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O307967/figure-group-children-tournai-porcelain-factory/ This amazing piece is a part of Moorabool Antique Galleries ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition, to be held in our Geelong premises in March...
Exhibition Action

Exhibition Action

Exhibition Action! Moorabool is getting ready for an amazing 2015, begining with our ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition. With over 500 fresh items, this is an event not to miss. Over the next few weeks, we will post a number of ‘previews’ of special items on this page – starting with the enamel snuff box shown above.  Perfectly fitting in to your hand, it is a scallop sell form; what makes it exceptional is that rather than the usual English or French enamel we are used to seeing, this is a rare Chinese piece from circa 1760. Many more special items to be featured, remember to drop back – or join up to our email...
Very large piece of Ludwigsburg, complete with cabbage, c.1765

Very large piece of Ludwigsburg, complete with cabbage, c.1765

This is a very large & interesting piece of Ludwigsburg porcelain, dating to around 1765. The cover is adorned with everything you’d need for a good soup- including a cabbage, turnip, parsnip, onion, and a pea pod.       The body is painted with scattered flowers, and moulded with basketweave rims and elaborate rococo scroll handles and stands on four scroll feet. It bears the ‘CC’ beneath crown mark, and dates to circa 1765.   This piece is a part of our 2014 Exhibition , Stock#1016832  30cm...
2014 Exhibition is OPEN!

2014 Exhibition is OPEN!

We’re very pleased to have our 2014 Recent Acquisitions Exhibition open. It will be in our upstairs gallery, next to our library, in our Geelong premises until early May. We’ll then be packing it up to bring it along to the 2014 AAADA Antique Fair in Melbourne, 8th – 11th May . This slideshow requires JavaScript. Here’s a brief look at the...
Rare Meissen butter curler, circa 1760

Rare Meissen butter curler, circa 1760

This rarity complements the previous item, the Meissen ‘Butter Cooler’.  A rare survivor, this Meissen butter curler would have been used on the Continental aristocratic table. It is seen below with a Meissen spoon of the same period – another rarity.   Unmarked (there isn’t much space for one!) it dates to circa 1760. The attribution is based on the quality of the piece: another of these rarities is in our 2014 exhibition, but is clearly not of the same quality, and not Meissen.     These rarities are all a part of our 2014 ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition, opening in our Geelong premises on April 12th. Meissen Butter Curler: Stock Item#1016837...
Meissen octagonal dish, painted in the manner of J.G.Höroldt, circa 1735

Meissen octagonal dish, painted in the manner of J.G.Höroldt, circa 1735

A rare & fascinating early piece of Meissen is also rather ‘loud’! This is an early Meissen octagonal dish, painted to the centre with a chinoiserie in the manner of J.G.Höroldt with a noisy scene of bell-ringers. a child to one side beating a gong, with various insects & birds flying overhead, within a double red line circle, a band of gilt scrollwork to the rim, the reverse with crisply moulded acanthus leaves picked out in gold. This slideshow requires JavaScript. It is marked with a rather disjointed crossed swords mark, also ‘4.’ in gold, and has a formers mark, an incised X to footrim.  Circa 1735.   This fantastic item is a part of our 2014 ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition, opening in Geelong on April 12th. Stock No.#1016828  15.5cm wide  $8600...
Rare Meissen butter cooler with ‘Kauffahrtei’  (harbour) scenes, c.1740.

Rare Meissen butter cooler with ‘Kauffahrtei’ (harbour) scenes, c.1740.

An absolute rarity is this Meissen ‘butter cooler’ with harbour scenes, circa 1740. It’s moulded to represent a wooden butter cooler, an item that would have been found on the refined Continental table at this period. It has slats pierced for airflow, and stands on four small scroll feet.   It is painted to the lid with two Kauffahrtei  (harbour) scenes  in the style of Herold, This slideshow requires JavaScript. This rare form is better known in Worcester copies than in Meissen originals: the Zorensky collection had an example, circa 1758, a decade later than this example, suggesting Meissen was the source. However, no comparable Meissen example could be traced in collections or the trade, suggesting it is a rare survivor. The reasoning behind a butter cooler was simple: when butter was brought from the chill of the dairy to the warmth of the house, condensation would occur – rather unsavoury around dairy products – but with airholes, the butter could adjust to room temperature without unsightly pools of liquid. There is probably a matching stand to catch any leaks. Crossed swords, circa 1740. 15cm wide, it has a hairline to lid: it is stock item #1016841 in our upcoming 2014 ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition, to open in our Geelong premises on April...
Sensational Shell Salts….. Meissen with harbour scenes, c.1740

Sensational Shell Salts….. Meissen with harbour scenes, c.1740

This pair of salts has to be seen to be believed….. The form was popular in the 19th century; however, these examples date to their first appearance in the Meissen factory, when they were modelled in the 1730’s by J.G.Ehder. The scallop form is raised on three small scroll feet, with gilt detailing. This slideshow requires JavaScript. They were most probably painted by J.G.Heinze. They have two finely painted panels each; an upper scene of travellers within a landscape, and a lower harbour scene, within elaborate gilt cartouches having a black outline, the ground with scattered deutsche Blumen, the rims with gilt scrollwork borders and gold line rim. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Each bears a small blue crossed swords marks, circa 1740.     The form appears to be the work of J.G.Ehder in the early 1730’s. The decoration on these salts is especially fine, and an attribution to J.G.Heintze is strengthened by similar scenes containing his initials, secreted somewhere in the landscapes. The gilding with the brown/black outline to the cartouche is an early version of this style, and compares very well to a cup & saucer in the Marouf Collection (#108), attributed to Heinze and dated to c. 1735. The flowers on these salts, however, are more typical of the 1740’s, bringing the date to circa 1740. This is supported by it’s simularity to the Christie-Miller service decoration, dated to 1740. The same decoration appears on a tray in the Arnold Collection (1818) and must be from the same as-yet unnamed service. The strength of this assumption is the gilt cartouche: each service had a slightly different variation in the...
2014 Catalogue

2014 Catalogue

We have our Catalogue for 2014 at the printers, expected in-store any day….. There are 62 pages………. over 500  items!   It’s a massive task, happily now completed. We’ve had to put a charge of $10 on it, to cover printing….. but we will post anywhere in Australia for that, overseas for a little more. Buy a copy! If you buy a copy and then find a piece in it you would like…… the $10 comes off the price. More on the catalogue…….. More on the April 12th Exhibition……..  ...