A Vienna porcelain cup and cover with arabesques

A Vienna porcelain cup and cover with arabesques

With underglaze cobalt blue (Leithnerblau). Of cylindrical form with angular handle and original lid and saucer. Decorated with lush arabesques, vases of flowers, and tendrils. The cup with two, the saucer three rhomboid reserves with vase motifs in relief on gold ground. Blue "bindenschild" mark and 25, cross, year stamp 98, dreher's number 39.
Vienna, Imperial porcelain manufactory under Konrad von Sorgenthal, fired 1798, painted by Johann Schmelzer.

Josef Leithner (1770 - 1829) studied at the Vienna Academy before becoming a flower painter and later arcanist at the Imperial manufactory. In 1792 he invented "Leithnerblau", and one year later "Leithnergold". He received numerous awards in honour of the technical advancements he brought to the manufactory. The cup is a typical example for the use of his decors.


Sotheby´s London, 5th June 2007, lot 60.


For more information on Josef Leithner cf. Mrazek/Neuwirth, Wiener Porzellan, Vienna, undated, p. 42.

Lot 25 Dα

4.000 € - 6.000 €

6.875 €