A Meissen two-handled crater vase, circa 1865
acquired at the above sale.
A similar piece with mythological frieze painting and identical border patterns is illustrated by H.Jedding, Meißener Porzellan des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, p.87, fig.90. Another of the same form painted in platinum is illustrated in 'The Art-Journal Catalogue of the Paris Universal Exhibition 1867', p.120. 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'.