This is an unbelievable piece of artwork that one would display with pride and cherish for a long time. The woman and angle's facial features have been hand painted so well that you can see the individual strokes for eyelashes and eyebrows. The beautiful blue eyes have even been given black pupils. The skin tones are perfect, their hair is a honey brown complementing the tones nicely. Their fingers and toes have been intricately formed. The woman and the cherub are wearing two toned, cream colored flowing gowns that have small clusters of golden centered brown flowers. She has another wrap around her that appears to maybe be a blanket that the cherub is trying to pull out of her hand. A brown belt accented with gold has been placed around her waist. Upon her shoulder has been place a small butterfly painted in brown, gold and beige. The woman and cherub rest against a brown stump and have been place on a round base. The base is a deep rich brown and has been decorated with hand painted golden flowers. There is a beige band, cream band, and another beige band to complete the base. The front of the base has a wonderful raised cartouche decorated with gold and accenting brown and gold flowers in the center. We believe this possibly could have been some type of lamp do to the hole coming out of the stump behind the woman. It more than likely sat on a gilt metal base. The only thing wrong with this piece is the little cherub is missing a wing and there is slight gold wear to the flowers on the base; otherwise it is in excellent condition and looks wonderful displayed. We found the backstamp on marks4ceramics but all they could say was it was a Dresden Area Decorating Studio. We have yet to find the fancy cursive H, which could shed some light maybe on the manufacture.
Unfortunately, much of the work and the history of all the porcelain produced in Dresden was destroyed during the allied bombings of World War II. In a single night, most Dresden decorating studios were obliterated along with many historical documents, and the porcelain painting business has never fully recovered. Nearly everything in the Dresden porcelain factories was burned beyond recognition. This event effectively signaled the end of the manufacture of Dresden porcelain. However, owing largely to the vast popularity of the Dresden style, much of it remains preserved in antique shops and private collections around the world.
Dresden, Germany was a fundamental heart of the intellectual, artistic, and cultural movement. Many porcelain decorators, as well as sculptors, philosophers, poets, and painters, settled in Dresden. The phrase "Dresden porcelain" actually denotes more of a movement that focused on artistic interests instead of a specific company that produced Dresden porcelain.
The exquisite designs, and elaborate paintings, featured on many pieces of Dresden porcelain lend themselves to the allure of these highly collectible pieces. In addition, the abrupt ending of the manufacture of Dresden porcelain also adds to its appeal.
We cherish this piece in our collection and hope that their future owners will treasure them for many more generations to come.
Backstamp: H H
Measures: l7 1/4" L x 9" W
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