Offered here is this extremely rare majolica jardiniere and pedestal made by Julius Dressler of Biela, Bohemia. This amazing set was made during the time when Julius was making majolica in the Art Nouveau style and it has the very desirable deep blue coloration which mellows near the top. There are additional colors in the floral, beaded and scroll design work including olive green, golden brown, pink, gray and white. Both pieces have the raised Dressler mark on the bottom which was used circa 1900. Stands 34" tall. Pedestal alone measures 24" tall. Jardiniere measures 13" across the scalloped top. I can't possibly describe the beauty of this magnificent work of art any better than the pictures can show! Any Dressler pedestal is hard to find but this large thick one is almost impossible to find.
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This important piece of work in the Nouveau style by one of the more important artists in the arts and crafts movement really is an important find. Was purchased 10 years ago from a retired Chicago Antiques dealer. It was passed down to him from his parents/grandparents and they imported it from Europe around the turn of the century. He had no heirs to pass his things onto so he auctioned off his own estate prior to moving to a retirement home. We have been lucky enough to enjoy this piece for the last decade and now it is time to pass it on to someone who will treasure it for the important piece that it is. Please feel free to contact us for any additional information.
Excellent condition with some things to note. The jardiniere: there are four short hairlines which begin or go over the top rim of the jardiniere and travel vertically. These range in length from 1" to 2". There is some light crazing which is more notable on the white interior, a small surface hole on the inside in the pottery near the bottom, a small minor shallow chip along the bottom rim and about 8-10 small surface paint chips on the raised design on the exterior. There is also some light scuffing around the outside, lower section that is not ordinarily visible; I did not see it until it was in a bright light and turned partially sideways. The pedestal: has one small old chip (looks brown) on one of the beads towards the bottom. Displays absolutely gorgeous! Most of these small flaws mentioned above are only seen upon close inspection.
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