A MEISSEN LARGE 'SCHNEEBALLEN' EWER, LATE 19TH CENTURY
the blossom-encrusted body applied with 18 balls of mayflower blossoms and spreading leafy vines, one side with affixed with a figure of a perching cockatoo, the other with a golden oriole, and three further small birds at the foot and leafy handle, gilt-edged rims, crossed swords mark in underglaze-blue, incised numeral 320
height 25¼ in.
For an example of this size the overall appearance is good. There are scattered areas of restoration to the piece. To the birds: Golden Oriole's beak and left wing, small bird on handle restored and re-attached, one small bird on foot with beak and tail feathers restored, the other extensively restored. Cockatoo with wings, tail feathers and beak. The applied leaves with various areas of restoration. The restoration is of a good quality and does not require further attention.
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Schneeballen decoration is first recorded at Meissen in about 1740. A series of schneeballen vases was ordered in 1761 for Frederick II the Great of Prussia, now retained in the Neues Palais, Potsdam. The fashion was revived in the 19th century though it is rare to find ewers decorated in this form. A pair of 19th century ewers of this large size is in the Collection of the Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire managed by the National Trust.