This is a beautiful antique pair of Helena Wolfsohn Dresden porcelain vases and covers, circa 1850 in date.
Each ovoid shaped vase features painted panels of figures in Kauffahrtei scenes on a sea green ground highlighted in gilt. The bases bearing AR monograms in underglazed blue.
By tradition, a wedding gift to Charles William Grenfell (1823-1862) and his wife Georgina Caroline Lascelles (1826-1911), granddaughter of Henry, 2nd Earl of Harewood, from Mr and Lady Caroline Towneley, daughter of William, 2nd Earl Sefton, on 20 July 1852 and by descent to their grandson Captain Edward Arthur Aylmer DSC (1892-1974), and by descent.
They are beautiful objects which will look fabulous in all surroundings.
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 33 x Width 20 x Depth 20
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 8 inches x Depth 8 inches
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.
Our reference: A2004