Royal Meissen Vases To Sell At Bonhams

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2015-06-26 10:46:40

Royal Meissen Vases To Sell At Bonhams

A highly rare and important garniture of five 18th century Meissen vases will feature in a forthcoming Bonhams sale in December. The garniture is comprised of a central ovoid vase, two smaller ovoid vases and two bottle vases, and is dated circa 1734. It was specially created for the use of the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, Augustus III, and features the royal mark 'AR' (Augustus Rex).

The vases are believed to have originally been part of a larger 7-vase garniture, created as part of the Japanese Palace project of King August on the banks of the Elbe River in Dresden. The Palace remained uncompleted, and much of the porcelain produced was later given to the Prime Minister of Saxony Count Brühl (in whose family the vases remained until 1927).

In recent years the pieces have been on display at the Getty Museum in California, after spending much of the 20th century in important private collections across Switzerland. They will appear in the sale, which takes place in New Bond Street, London on December 7, with an estimated value of £300,000 - £500,000.

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