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...
A Swansea Garden garniture of urns by Pollard, c.1820

A Swansea Garden garniture of urns by Pollard, c.1820

These stunning shapes are apparently unrecorded…. Magnificent garniture of three urns on pedestals, apparently of unrecorded form, well painted by William Pollard to the pedestals with continuous garden scenes, a frieze of roses to the urns beneath rich gilding. This slideshow requires JavaScript. The shape doesn’t appear in any of the Swansea literature……… making this a fresh discovery. Circa 1820. This garniture will be released for sale as part of our 2014 ‘Recent Exhibition’ , opening April 12th. Stock no.#1017172  central urn 19cm high    ...