Meissen, Böttger porcelain, saucer

A MEISSEN, BÖTTGER PORCELAIN, SAUCER

Decorated in the Seuter workshop, probably by Bartholomäus Seuter
Circa 1720-25
Diam. 12.3 cm

Painted in an iron-red, with a noble female figure wearing a feathered headdress and holding a spear. She seems to be representing America.

This saucer is executed in a more painterly manner and more delicately graduated tones than even than the Watteau scenes discussed by Ducret. They are also decorated in monochrome, whereas the Watteau scenes and associated decoration are painted in shades of grey with additional flesh tones. The hand is close to the monochrome scenes one finds on Bartholomäus Seuter’s faience. One jug, formerly of the Vater Collection (and illustrated below) [1] has a scene that is particularly closely related to another saucer from this group, that could even be from the same series of prints, but more pertinently seems to be of the same quality and painted in the same style.

Compare to detail of jug attributed to the hand of Bartholomäus Seuter, circa 1720

Perhaps these saucers are painted by Bartholomäus Seuter in the early years of the Seuter workshop, c. 1720-25. This early dating is confirmed by the similarity of the gilt border decoration, laub und bandelwerk, to that on the gold-decorated service from the Arnhold Collection, now in the Frick Collection, considered to have been a gift to Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in 1725 [2].

Saucer from the gold-decorated given to Vittorio Amadeo II, Arnhold Collection

 

Condition:
Good condition

Provenance:
Ehlen Collection, Sotheby’s 6 March 2024

Literature:

Manners 2024
‘E & H Manners, ‘Decorators on Ceramics and Glass’, 2024, no. 28

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Footnotes:

[1] Sold at Christies London, 16 Dec 2021, Vater Collection.
[2] See Arnhold 2008, pp. 571-573.

Price: £4,000.00