Basket of Count Brühl''s Centerpiece "Early flower and fruit painting"

Basket of Count Brühl''s Centerpiece "Early flower and fruit painting"

The legendary “Swan Service” wasn’t the first job Johann Joachim Kaendler completed for his patron Count Brühl, who in 1737 took possession of a momentous “oriental plat de ménage” in the Baroque style that incorporates a centrepiece in the form of this lemon basket. Besides the basket, the plat de ménage – intended for the first two “salty” courses – also included an opulently fashioned base plus a mustard pot, oil and vinegar cruets and a sugar caster. These were designed in the shape of fanciful Asian figures, two of them astride roosters. The basket also features roosters as ornately wrought “handles”, their wings outstretched, resting on branches encrusted with moulded flower-heads and leaves. Chinese couples holding up sunshades and each surmounted by a large, partially gilded openwork shell are to be discovered on each side. There are early-style paintings of flowers and fruit to be admired on the inside of the basket.

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SKU: 908780-80581-1
Weight: 10900 g

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