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  • MEISSEN TREASURES AT BONHAMS IN LONDON

    Meissen Coronation Service dish at Bonhams in London. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £12,500.

    Yellow ground plate from the only Meissen dinner service known to have a coloured background. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: ONE PLATE SOLD FOR £12,500, THE OTHER MADE £13,125.

    A Meissen treasure, an armorial dish from the ‘Coronation Service’ circa 1733-34, features at Bonhams in London on May 23.   Part of the first Meissen armorial table service it is estimated at  £10,000-15,000. Painted  with the arms of Saxony and Poland – scattered floral sprigs and bound wheat-sheaves –  it was delivered to the Royal collection at the Japanese Palace in Dresden in 1734. The Japanese Palace was built by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland and Lithuania to house his finest porcelain.

    Bonhams sale of a European private collection includes a Meissen yellow-ground plate from the ‘Gelbe Jagdservice’, (Yellow hunting service) circa 1733-34. This is the only Meissen dinner service known to have a coloured background.  The lobed panel in the centre is painted with a phoenix and three sprigs of flowers,  with three quatrelobe panels around the brown-edged rim painted with flowering branches. Ordered around 1730 by Augustus the Strong it too is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

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