These fantastically decorated vases are the work of the Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory, one of the most highly-regarded makers of porcelain in the German town of Dresden during the 19th Century. Dresden became famous for its ceramics, in no small part due to its proximity to the neighbouring town of Meissen, from where many porcelain pieces were made and sent to Dresden for decoration by Dresden-based artists. The Carl Thieme Porcelain Manufactory, maker of the present pair, was the first of its kind in Dresden to fire and produce its own porcelain as well as decorate it, and was responsible for creating a number of beautiful pieces in the 19th Century.
Many of the Thieme factory’s creations were inspired by the 18th Century Rococo style, in all its curves, frills and flamboyance, as these joyful vases aptly demonstrate. Both are of amphora form and are decorated with delicate and vividly coloured flowers, fruits, leaves, and vines, all the way around their exterior. Most notable of all, however, are the twin cherubs which are shown sitting by each of the handles. The fineness of detailing, as well as the brilliant colouring on these decorations, demonstrate the high level of skill of the ceramicist.
The body of each vase also contains a central painted scene on its front side, showing Classical figures in a landscape, and a still life depiction of flowers on the reverse side. Each vase has a removable lid with pierced openings, making these vases useful as potpourri containers as well as for display. Each of the lids is surmounted by a cherub seated on further groupings of fruit and leaves.
The vases are further decorated with foliate motifs and scrolling gilt decorations, and are marked to the underside with underglaze blue crossed lines, together with the letter ‘T’, the marks for the Thieme factory.