Sale IT203 Lot 2000
MONUMENTAL ORMOLU-MOUNTED BERLIN (KPM) PORCELAIN IVORY-GROUND â€˜WEICHMALEREIâ€™ THREE-PIECE CLOCK GARNITURE circa 1888, blue sceptre and iron-red orb marks, recorded as model no. 3415, gilt 25, drip pans with iron-red painted ./. and various impressed letters, designed by Paul Schley in 1888, the painted decoration attributed to Franz Aulich, in the Neo-Rococo Jugendstil taste, the clock case of architectural form, the movement stamped Lenzkirch, no. 860153, surmounted by two fire breathing dragons above an arched gallery supported by scantily clad male and female figures, he in the guise of Atlas with arms raised, clad in a lion pelt and she as a Caryatid supporting the weight on her shoulders, the reticulated ivory and cobalt-blue clock face with Roman chapters about an hour glass and crossed scythes, the hour and minute hands applied with â€˜jewelsâ€™, supported from below by an open-mouthed grotesque mask of a bearded and horned Zephyr issuing a billowing pendulum, the recessed panels painted with festoons of flowers within rocaille gilt scrollwork, the base with two frolicking putti, h: 31.5 in; the herm and putto nine-light candelabra en suite, h: 36 in. (3)
Provenance: Property of a Washington, D.C. Estate
Literature: Designed in 1888 by Paul Schley (1854-1942) with the assistance of Burckhardt, Apel and Hinke, only a few examples of this model are known. The vigorous floral painted panels on the present example are likely the work of Franz Aulich (circa 1852-1910), a Silesian artist, trained in Dresden and Berlin, who joined the Berlin (KPM) manufactory as a flower painter in 1888. Aulich later immigrated to the United States in 1893, where he established a painting and porcelain art school in the Auditorium Building, Chicago. He went on to exhibit at both the 1900 Paris Universelle and the 1904 Saint Louis World Fair.
This clock garniture form was displayed at various important expositions in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, including the Exhibition of the German National Applied Arts in Munich in 1888 and the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition, popularly known as the Saint Louis World Fair, 1904. See Franca Dietz, The Collection of Hassan Sabet, The Golden Age of the KPM (Die Sammlung Hassan Sabet, Bluhende Zeit der KPM, Die "Weichmalerei" auf Berliner Porzellan) Petersburg, 2015, pp. 244-249 for an example of this model in the Sabet Collection and a detailed discussion of its history. For a similar pair of candlesticks, see â€œThe State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, From the Dinner-Service Storerooms, Decorating the Russian Imperial Table in Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries", pp. 370-371, nos. 57.1 and 57.2.
The design is characteristic of works made under Alexander Kipsâ€™ artistic direction at the Manufactory. The exuberant flower modeling, rocaille scrolls and putti typical of the Neo-Rococo style are fully exhibited in the present lot. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) is known to have favored the style, decorating the Neue Palais in this fashion.
Christieâ€™s, New York, 20 October, 2008, lot 107 and Christieâ€™s, New York, 12 April, 2017, lot 129 for similar garnitures and Dorotheum Auctions, Vienna, 25 October, 2018, lot 1361 for a similar clock case.
Sold for $35,000.00