Lot 21
  • 21

A Meissen two-handled crater vase, circa 1865

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
21,250 GBP
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  • Porcelain
modelled by Ernst August Leuteritz, painted possibly by Müller after Eduard Julius Bendemann  (1811-1889), the waisted body painted with a continuous scene of a wild boar chase, between formal gilt borders on a green and salmon pink ground, the bifurcated handles with burnished gilt acanthus moulded terminals, crossed swords mark in underglaze blue, incised G116 and pressnummer 20.

Catalogue Note

An example of this vase was included in the group that represented the Meissen porcelain factory at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, illustrated in The Art-Journal Catalogue of the Exhibition, 1867, London, p. 8. An example is in The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Museum, Hamburg (published by Hermann Jedding, Meißener Porzellan des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, 1981, p. 87.); a further example was sold in these rooms on 2nd June 2005, lot 74, alongside lot 73, A Meissen Crater vase painted with the same scene as the present vase.

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'.