A Meissen two-handled crater vase, circa 1865
Ernst Julius Bendemann (1811-1889) was a highly regarded painter in his day, a professor of the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1838 and later in life the director of the Düsseldorf Academy. He enjoyed high profile commissions including the decoration of three halls of the Dresden Royal Palace.
Ernst August Leurteritz was born in 1818 near Meissen, came to the factory as an apprentice in 1836, studied under Rietschel and was engaged as a modeller in 1846. From 1849 to 1886 he held the post of manager and top modeller. Dr. K. Berling, Meissen China, p. 86, pl. 91 notes, 'During these many years he did great service to the factory by his extraordinary activity and skillfulness'.