Exquisite in form and décor, this pair of covered vases presents the highest degree of Viennese sophistication. Distantly related to the Chinese Mei-ping form, each one rises in eight swelling gores from a delicate foot to an equally delicate finial. Gores alternate in color and profile, resulting in a symmetrical lobed shape. Solid blue sections, jewel-like in their depth and intensity, are set in diminutive bead courses of gold dots or lines. The floral pattern is quintessentially Viennese in its blending of folkloric colors with dynamic drawing. Similar patterns appeared on Wiener Werkstätte textiles and wallpapers.
Signature: Marks: stamped transfer mark under glaze, Serapis-Fayence Wahliss; impressed model number 9686; hand painted glaze form and decoration numbers F: 9686, D: 9712
About Ernst Wahliss
By the late 1880s, merchant Ernst Wahliss had established himself as Vienna's leading retailer in porcelain goods. In 1894, he purchased the Alfred Stellmacher factory in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, and began to produce decorative ceramics under the name Ernst Wahliss Kunst-, Porzellan- und Fayence-Fabrik. By 1907 his son Gerhard Martin Wahliss owned the factory and continued to create a variety of functional and decorative items in earthenware and porcelain. [Source: Jason Jacques]
Austrian, 1836-1950, Vienna, Austria