Pair of 19th Century Meissen Porcelain Serpent Vases

GBP 3,850.00

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Object Description

A large and decorative pair of Meissen porcelain vases, of ancient Roman krater form, with handles shaped as entwined serpents (Schlangenvasen) 

Germany, mid-19th century.

Highly ornamental, these vases represent an interesting combination of the restrained, classical form, and the exuberant Renaissance-revival decoration with rich cobalt-blue and gold. Perfect for lamp conversion.

Marked with crossed swords with dotted hilts in underglaze blue and Pressnummer A 148

The motif of entwined serpents was considered appropriate for a funerary urn. Linked with the earth, snakes were associated with chthonian powers, and the Greeks and Romans regarded them as guardians of sacred places, houses, and tombs. A marble urn with similar serpent handles is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Object Condition

Restoration to one handle

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