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Antique Pair Helena Wolfsohn Dresden Porcelain Vases c.1880

Antique Pair Helena Wolfsohn Dresden Porcelain Vases Sold
Ref:08509

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This is a beautiful  antique pair of Helena Wolfsohn Dresden porcelain vases, circa 1880 in date.

Of baluster form each with superb gilded highlights in relief and hand painted  romantic panels of courting couples on a rich burgundy ground.

With the Helena Wolfsohn blue crown mark on each, they are beautiful objects which will look fabulous in all surroundings.


Condition:

In really excellent condition with no chips, cracks or signs of repair, and only minor signs of wear comensurate with age and use, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 30 x Width 13 x Depth 8

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot x Width 5 inches x Depth 3 inches


Helena Wolfsohn
was a respected decorator of porcelain blanks obtained from a vaiety of different porcelain companies from about 1843 until 1883. Helena was most famous for the decorative pieces she turned out in the distinctive Rocco fashion which were highly ornate porcelain pieces that featured brightly colored flowers, shells, and foliage.
Helena painted in the Dresden, or Meissen, style as many highly skill decorators did in the Dresden area of Germany at that time. Highly skilled decorators in this era used the same Dresden mark while altering it slightly in order to identify themselves. The Dresden mark’s primary feature was a stunning blue crown.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08509