Rare Knife, Doccia, hard paste porcelain, c.1745-50


The moulded pistol haft is decorated with panels depicting two robed and hatted chinoiserie figures surrounded by gilt scrollwork, and enamel fruit and flowers. The figure wearing red holds an archer's bow. The gilt-lined panels are divided by baroque iron-red Laub- und Bandelwerk decoration, and Chinese-style trellis motifs. Fitted with a silver blade and ferrule.

The iron-red strapwork is reminiscent of the patterns found on Du Paquier Vienna porcelain. At Doccia, this style of decoration is closely associated with Johann Carl Wendelin Anreiter von Zirnfeld. A Viennese gilder and porcelain painter, Anreiter headed the painting studio at Doccia between 1737-46.

Provenance: Purchased in 1980 from Lukacs & Donath Antiquities, Via Veneto 183, Rome; Collezione Procida Mirabelli di Lauro; an English Private Collection.

Condition: There is a some very minor wear to the decoration, perhaps less than is to be expected, given the tactile nature of the object. No chips or restoration. A very fine and glazed clay tear from manufacture has extended slightly.

Dimensions: Length 20.3 cm (including blade)

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco - The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).

Ref. Sandor Donath opened an Antiques Gallery in Budapest in 1890. In 1950, Imre Lukacs and Hedda Donath established the Lukacs & Donath Gallery in Rome, when they arrived from Hungary.




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