Pair of antique Meissen style Schneeballen vases

Style of Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710)

£18,000

This charming pair of vases features bodies profusely encrusted with delicate white mayflowers, giving them their distinctive ‘Snowball’ like appearance.

 

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Description

The present vases are crafted in the style of a type of Meissen vase traditionally known as ‘Schneeballen’, which translates from German into English as ‘Snowball’, due to their bulbous, encrusted, snowball-like and snowball-covered bodies.

Each vase in this pair is of bulbous, ovoid form, the exterior surface decorated profusely with hundreds of applied white mayflower blossoms, each yellow-centred blossom intricately crafted from fine porcelain. Birds of all colours perch about each vase, visiting the abundant flowers. Each vase culminates in a wide, flared rim and is set to the shoulders with Rococo style scrolled handles.

Each vase is marked underside with blue underglaze crossed swords, spurious marks for Meissen.

Details

Artist / Maker
Style of Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710)
Country of Origin
German
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Birds / Ornithology, Floral, Meissen, Rococo
Material
Porcelain
Colour
Cream, Gold, Multi-coloured, Pink

Dimensions

Height
48 cm / 18.9 inches
Width
40 cm / 15.7 inches
Depth
32 cm / 12.6 inches

Reference:
16598

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