A rare Meissen dish from the Japanese Palace, painted in the Kakiemon style with three flower sprigs, the reverse incised with the Japanese Palace inventory number N=71-/ W, circa 1730.
18.7 cm diameter.
The 1770 inventory of the Japanese Palace records under no. 71: 'Eilf Stück weiße flache Teller, mit Blümgen gemahlt, 3/4. Zoll tief, 8 1/2. Zoll in Diam' ['Eleven pieces of white flat plates, painted with flowers, 3/4. Inches deep, 8 1/2. Inches in diam'.](quoted by C. Boltz, Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769, in Keramos 153 (1996), p. 74). The inventory notes that one of the eleven plates was broken.
One other example of this rare small size (with a crack) was sold in the auction of property from the former Royal collections of Saxony in Dresden, Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, 12-14 October 1920, lot 159.
Part of large quantity of Meissen copies of Japanese and Chinese porcelain ordered by the Parisian merchant, Rudolph Lemaire, and subsequently seized and incorporated into the Saxon royal collection in the Japanese Palace in Dresden in 1731.
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