A Böttger red stoneware silver-mounted baluster coffee-pot and cover, circa 1710-13
Lot 8. Modelled by Johann Jakob Irminger, of square section, the scroll handle with chanelled sides and a studded exterior, the curved square section spout issuing from a monster's jaws, a double-scroll support above, each side of the body moulded with bouquets below husks at the rim, the surface in between lightly polished, the domed cover with a knop finial connected by a chain to silver collars on the handle and spout, the rims and stepped square foot with foliate mounts - 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm.) high - Estimate: £30,000-50,000
Note : A coffee-pot with almost identical mounts formerly in the Japanese Palace, without the moulded bouquets on the sides, was sold in these Rooms on 6th April 1981, lot 115. For a white sake-flask in the State Collection, Dresden (Inv-Nr. P.E. 905) moulded with a bouquet with a similar configuration of flowers, see Willi Goder et al., Johann Friedrich Böttger (Leipzig, 1982), pl. 67.
Christie's. A Highly Important Private Collection of Meissen & Other Continental Ceramics. 11 December 2007, 2:30 pm. 8 King Street, St. James's, London