An Important and Extremely Large Pair of Magenta Ground Vienna Porcelain Exhibition Vases.
Each vase with blue underglazed ‘Beehive’ mark to interior of neck.
Each vase is finely painted with classical scenes to the front and allegorical scenes to the back on a rich magenta ground with gilt foliate decoration. The vases are mounted by extraordinary gilt handles headed by winged female masks to the sides and grotesque masks to the shoulders. The spreading necks decorated with Greek key decoration are surmounted by domed covers and the vases are raised on baluster form supports put down on drum bases finely painted with panels stylised arabesque.