One of the highlights of the English porcelain section of Sotheby’s Olympia’s ceramics sale on July 3 will be a group of pieces from the celebrated Duke of Gloucester Service produced by the Worcester factory c.1775. The service is said to have been made for William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh and Earl of Connaught (1743-1805), younger brother of George III.
Its extravagant and colourful floral and fruit decoration was originally thought to have been executed in the James Giles workshop but is now generally accepted to have been factory decorated. Sotheby’s have seven pieces to sell: four large cut-corner rectangular dishes estimated at £15,000-20,000 apiece (one pictured right); a shaped oval sauceboat stand with another thought to be a slightly later replacement, estimated at £4000-6000; and an oval tureen stand estimated at £2000-3000.
Other rectangular dishes from this service have been sold in Sotheby’s New York rooms recently but the four to be offered next week are larger in size at 151/4in (39cm) wide.
At the core of Christie’s King Street’s sale of Continental ceramics on July 7 are 30 lots of Austrian, German and other Continental porcelain that formed part of a much larger collection belonging to Emma Henriette Schiff von Suvero (1863-1924) that were restituted to her descendants by the Austrian Government in the spring of this year. Until that time the pieces were stored and displayed at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and many have not been on the open market for over a century.
The group is particularly strong on Du Paquier porcelain, with over a dozen pieces, and one of the highlights is the 71/2in (19cm) high floral decorated covered tobacco jar pictured above, derived in shape from a Japanese kakiemon original.
It is estimated to fetch between £12,000 and £18,000.