A large Meissen porcelain Schneeballen vase and cover,
c.1870, of baluster form, with an applied family of golden orioles supported by trailing branches, on a tightly applied ground of mayflower blossoms issuing ball-shaped blossoms, the removable domed cover similarly decorated with two further finches, the pierced cagework lower body enclosing another bird, on a domed and spreading foot,
85cm high including cover (2)
Provenance: The collection of Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon, 5 Belgrave Square, London;
thence by descent.
For a similar example, see: Christie's, 'The Opulent Eye - 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe', 15 March 2012, lot 87.
The first use of Schneeballen ('Snowball') decoration was by J J Kaendler in June 1740 and, in 1742, a bowl, cover and stand was given to the Dauphin, son of Louis XV, with the same decoration (see Maureen Cassidy-Geiger Ed., 'Fragile Diplomacy', 2007, p.158, fig.7-25). The technique was revived in the mid-19th century across all manner of items from bowls to ewers. The present example is outstanding in both size and technique, and is unusual in that the caged bird is decorated in polychrome as opposed to being left white.
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Sworders are pleased to present a select group of lots from 5 Belgrave Square, the London residence of Henry 'Chips' Channon, with interiors by the celebrated interior designer, Stéphane Boudin.
Sold for £27,000
Obvious restoration to birds and branches. Crude repair to the golden oriole's beak. Chips and losses to flowers, foliage and branches. The lower part of the body with a loss where it meets the foot, and the foot with a noticeable chip where it joins the body. The two sections of the body are screwed together to the foot but a little loose when carrying/transporting. Sits stable on a flat surface.
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Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale, 14th Mar, 2023
The first Fine Interiors catalogue of the year is always particularly special for us, with the prospect of another twelve months of working with beautiful pieces of furniture and works of art, as well as having the opportunity to share our enthusiasm with the people behind the objects.
Included in this sale are nearly five hundred stylish lots representing the breadth of the decorative arts from the last five hundred years, as well as the appetite for incorporating them into a contemporary interior in order to create a welcoming environment. This notion is clearly exemplified in three private collections from town and country that we are privileged to be able to offer - those of the Late John Scott-Oldfield, Mrs Althea Lloyd and Sir John Craven.
We are hugely excited to share this sale with you all and hope that you take just as much enjoyment from browsing the online catalogue as we did in bringing it together.
Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:
Fri 10 March, 10am - 5pm
Sat 11 March, 10am - 2pm
Sun 12 March, 10am - 2pm
Mon 13 March, 10am - 5pm
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