Meissen plate, Sulkowsky moulded with Korean Lion pattern, c.1735-40
Meissen plate, with Sulkowsky moulded basket-weave border, painted in the Kakiemon manner with the ‘Korean Lion’ pattern, with the winged creature to one side, vegetation and a large beetle to the other, a crane flying overhead, the border panels with alternating insects and flower sprigs.
Underglaze crossed swords mark,
This is a superb example of Meissen’s early production, dating to the mid-1730’s. It lacks a ‘pressnumeren’, or the impressed number identifying the workman responsible for making the piece, indicating an earlier 1730’s date, as this becomes standard by the latter 1730’s.
The pattern is a Meissen invention, borrowing from Japanese Kakiemon imports of the late 18th/early 19th century, but re-interpreted by the factory artists. The ‘Lion’ is sometimes mistaken for a dragon, or a ch’i-lin, but ‘Korean Lion’ has become the established description – although why ‘Korean’ is unexplained….
The Sulkowski ‘Ozier’ (basketweave) moulded border is regarded as the work of Kaendler, developed by him for the famous Sulkowski service in 1735.
ref. Hans Syz Collection #75 for a similar example, also Wark Collection #274.
Provenance: ex-Rosenberg Collection, Geelong
one very small rim chip, minor wear
This design is loosely based on Japanese Kakiemon decoration, but no exact prototype has ever been found. It is therefore most probably a Meissen factory creation. The Sulkowski-Ozier moulded border is regarded as the work of Kaendler, developed by him for the famous Sulkowski service in 1735. ref. Hans Syz Collection #75 for a similar example, also Wark Collection #274.Provenance: ex-Rosenberg Collection, Geelong