Sunday, March 9, 2008

An important pair of Vases made for the Prinz Carl Palais in Munich

(2nd) An important pair of vases,
bearing the initials of Prince Carl Theodor
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(2nd) An important pair of vases,
bearing the initials of Prince Carl Theodor
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Detail (1st/01)
.. Detail (2nd/01)
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An important pair of vases, bearing the initials of Prince Carl Theodor, the brother of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, made for the Prinz Carl Palais in Munich. Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture, 1825 Vase model ‚No 19’ by Friedrich Gärtner Painted by Christian Adler Gold and platinum engraving by Joseph Haemmerl Description :The frontal busts imitate onyx cameos. They are inscribed in Greek XILLEYS“ (AXILLEYS) and “PYRRO“ (PYRROS). Other examples for painted imitations of onyx cameos can be found in Sèvres and KPM Berlin porcelain. For Nymphenburg the only other example is a vase made as a wedding present in 1823, featuring the double portrait of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV and the Bavarian Princess Elisabeth. The painter for this vase was Christian Adler, chief painter since 1815. The gold engraver was Joseph Haemmerl (1793-1842) whose workmanship is unsurpassed. The initials C and T on the sides of each vase are those of the younger brother of Ludwig I of Bavaria, Prince Carl Theodor. The vases were made for the yellow hall in the Prince Karl Palais in Munich.
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Provenance : Prince Carl Theodor of Bavaria, ‘Gelber Saal’, Prinz Karl Palais, Munich, Countess Almeida, Schloß Mondsee Count Almeida

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Literature :Hantschmann, Katharina, Nymphenburger Porzellan 1797-1847, München/Berlin 1996, p. 182, Mod. 436; Ziffer, Alfred, Nymphenburger Porzellan. Sammlung Bäuml, Stuttgart/Arnoldsche, 1977, p. 314;Koch, Michael, Ludwig Schwanthalers Marmorskulptur des leidenden Philoktet für das Prinz Karl-Plais in München, Sonderdruck Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst, Dritte Folge, Vol. LII, 2001, p. 189 und add. 26f
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PROVENANCE: Private collection (SDK)