A large Berlin KPM porcelain box from a royal toilette service

A large Berlin KPM porcelain box from a royal toilette service

A scallopped box with slightly domed lid, branch-form handle and floral decor. Blue sceptre mark, impressed K22, gilt inventory no. 1991.357a. Chips to one of the lower corners of the lid. 16.5 cm x 24.3 cm x 20.3 cm.
Ca. 1768 - 70.

Provenance

Christie´s Auktion 31st March 2016, lot 1344.

Literature

Frederick II’s invoice records include an entry for 18.06.1768: “2 toilette sets with completely polychrome décor in naturalistic flowers and gilt mosaic” (Lenz, reprint, vol. 1, p. 22).
A further detailed description of a white toilette set also states that the box was produced in two versions – one larger and one middle-sized and square. The present work is the large version.
A complete toilette service (formerly in the collection of Mrs Oppenheim in Berlin) is illus. in: Lenz (Reprint), vol. 2, pl. 129. This service includes the middle-sized boxes.
A further box of the mid size with rose décor in puce is kept in Köpenick palace (inv. no. Hz310 ff.)

Lot 393 Dα

Estimate:
5.000 € - 8.000 €

Result:
6.200 €