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Antique Pair Hand Decorated Meissen Dresden Vases Urns Still Life Flowers Gilt

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Fine pair of hand painted German hard paste dresden porcelain tall flaring trumpet mantle or desk vases, late nineteenth early twentieth century. Each with a spiral body rising from a circular spreading gilt base to a flaring rim. The entire areas exquisitely hand painted allover in colours depicting Still Life of Summer Flowers and Old-Fashioned Roses Condition: Good condition, no wear to gilding, no losses to porcelain. Base marks on both, see image. Back and front views are similar. Measures: Height: 11” (28cm). diameter: (top rim) 3.25” (8.25cm). diameter: (base) 4.25” 10.5cm). Location: Dublin City, Ireland. Affordable fixed charged worldwide store to door shipping. Meissen porcelain, also called Dresden Porcelain. German hard-paste porcelain produced at the Meissen factory, near Dresden in Germany from 1710 until the present day. It was the first successfully produced true porcelain in Europe and dominated the style of European porcelain manufactured until about 1756, after which the leadership ultimately passed to French Sevres Porcelain. The secret of true porcelain, similar to that produced in China, was discovered about 1707 by Johann Friedrich Bottger an alchemist, and Ehrenfried Walter von Tschirnhaus, a physicist, whose research into porcelain had earlier produced a stoneware that is the hardest known substance of its kind. The earliest porcelain was smoky in tone and not highly translucent, but improvements to it were subsequently made.


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    Height: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Width: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)Depth: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
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    Set of 2
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  • Seller Location
    Dublin, IE
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    1stDibs: LU5035223136762

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Dresden Porcelain

Dresden porcelain, as a term, is the subject of some confusion. In some contexts, it refers to the hard-paste ceramic wares produced by the workshops that sprang up in and around the Saxon capital in the 19th century. In others, it denotes only the output of one of these, Sächsische Porzellanmanufaktur Dresden, known in English as simply Dresden Porcelain, which was established in 1872 in the city of Freital, Saxony. Complicating matters further, early publications about porcelain often used “Dresden” and “Meissen” interchangeably. It is true that the cities of Dresden and Meissen are connected through their long, shared history of decorative arts production and, in fact, most Meissen porcelain was sold in Dresden, the artistic and cultural center of Saxony. However, Meissen is the site of the factory that produced the first European porcelain, at the turn of the 18th century, while Dresden did not come into prominence until the mid-19th century, during the high point of the Rococo revival. And while Meissen is known for manufacturing porcelain, from clay models through finished product, Dresden is celebrated for its decorating studios, of which there were several dozen in and around the city during the 19th century. Their skilled painters often used “blanks” from Meissen as their canvases. So a piece of Dresden porcelain may have been formed and fired at Meissen, painted in Dresden, and ultimately sold in one of that city’s shops. The figurines, plates and vases produced during the 19th century via this complex process remain appealing to this day, their bright hues and pastoral imagery typical of the Rococo revival, which brought scrollwork, shells, foliage, flowers and fruit back into vogue after decades of restrained Neo-Classicism and austere Gothic Revival design. Dresden figurines, which like their Meissen counterparts were inspired by the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte, have a witty, cheerful quality that has been likened to that of scenes painted by Watteau and Fragonard. Before its near-total destruction during World War II, Dresden was home to more than 200 painting studios. The Dresden style, however is associated with wares bearing the blue crown mark (Meissen’s mark is a pair of cobalt blue crossed swords), which was first registered in 1883 by Richard Klemm, Donath & Co, Oswald Lorenz, and Adolph Hamann. Prominent painters from this period include Helena Wolfsohn, Franziska Hirsch, Ambrosius Lamm — whose skill in the application of metallic or lustre paints is on lavish display in this dinner service from the 1920s — and Carl Thieme, a master in floral painting, as demonstrated by his decoration on this circa 1901 ram’s head urn. Dresden painters also used a decorative technique known as “Dresden lace.” This involved dipping real lace into liquid porcelain and applying it to a figure, which was then fired in a kiln. The fabric would burn away, leaving a fragile, crinoline-like shell — the type of delicate and whimsical detail that characterizes Dresden porcelain, one of Europe’s great ceramic traditions.
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