A rare and early Meissen porcelain beaker from the Bern gold ground service

A rare and early Meissen porcelain beaker from the Bern gold ground service

Conical, with slightly flaring rim, the saucers corresponding but associated. One beaker decorated with a depiction of an alchemist in his workshop in a large reserve to one side, the other with a scholar in his study. The saucers with a Veneti Unmarked. One handle restored, retouches to the underside of the saucer. H beaker 8 cm, diameter of saucer 12.4 cm.
The porcelain Meissen, circa 1725, the decor attributed to Abraham Seuter in Augsburg, circa 1730/40, the decor of the beaker after engravings by Johann Elias Ridinger, 1717/1760.

Siegfried Ducret identified this cup as probably belonging to a larger service with gold ground and decor by Seuter brought onto the market by the Galerie Jürg Stucker in 1963. The exceptional quality of the painting and the extensive gilding strengthen this attribution. The fine painting in enamel colours can be ascribed to Seuter although he was primarily known for his gilt chinoiseries. The reference to Ridinger's engravings depicting the Five Senses in the decor leads us to assume that the service included other beakers or tea bowls with depictions of the senses.


Collection of Otto and Magdalena Blohm, Hamburg (saucer), sold by Sotheby's, London, 9th October 1961, lot 680.
Collection of Dr. Kaufmann, Bern, sold by Galerie Jürg Stuker, Bern, 1963 (probably cup and saucer).
Anonymous sale, Christie's, Geneva 9th November 1987, lot 87 (cup and saucer).
Collection of Gertrude J. and Robert T. Anderson, Orlando, Florida, sold by Christie's, London, 1st June 1992, lot 12.
Collection of Roy L. Byrnes.
Christie´s, London, 12th May 2010, lot 145.
English private collection.


Illus. in: Ducret, Meissner Porzellan, Braunschweig 1972, vol. II., illus. XII., and no. 194.


Florida, Orlando Museum of Art, Eighteenth Century Meissen Porcelain from the Collection of Gertrude J. and Robert T. Anderson, March 1988 - February 1989, cat. no. 7.

Lot 759 N

5.000 € - 8.000 €

3.720 €