The most expensive element of a 24-lot Whiplash pattern Meissen dinner service sold at Freeman’s on April 3 was this sauce boat at $22,000 (£17,890).

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The dinner service was divided into 24 lots which together sold for a premium-inclusive total of $160,388.

The most expensive individual item at the April 3 auction was a sauceboat that realised a hammer price of $22,000 (£17,890)

Van de Velde was asked to design this service for Meissen with a view to provide what was at the time an innovative up-to-date line to add to the famous factory’s ceramic products.

The streamlined outlines of the individual pieces are accompanied by underglaze blue whiplash or Peitschenhieb decoration, a key decorative motif employed in Jugendstil and Art Nouveau.

Earlier this year, in March, Hargesheimer in Germany sold a rare variant of the whiplash design, a coffee service for six people decorated in gold rather than the usual blue, for €57,000 (£51,820) – see ATG No 2438.

£1 = $1.23