This is a pair of really large Bohemian Czech, or probably German at the time, vases with spouts and handles. The maker is Wilhelm Schiller & Sohn (Sons.) The date is towards the end of the 19th century, circa 1895.
The material composition is stoneware or earthenware, which is a type of pottery, using techniques that Schiller was emulating from the English company of Wedgewood.
Each vase or urn is 19 ¾” high and 11 ¾” wide. This size is quite large and it means the vessels are suitable for display in a large space, either on the floor or long side table, or two matching side tables.
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Beneath the spout is a large elephant head with a curling nose, wide ears, tusks and a bird on top of the head.
Each handle is a long-limbed dragon with the front legs and the head attached to the body of the pot, and the rear legs and end of the tail attached to the rim.
Around the body is a wide band of Egyptian figures, accented in colors of brown, orange, green and off-white. The rest of the pot is in various bands of oval and geometric designs, using the same colors. The design work appears to be done by hand, which had to be quite labor intensive.
The difference between the two containers is one has bands of gold color added to the designs; the other vessel does not have the gold.
The interiors and bottoms are black. One oddity is that the vessel that does not have the gold has a wire or cable or string inside the interior; this is not a repair and looks to have been there since production. The camera could not see that far inside to get a photo.
The vessels are free of chips, cracks and crazing. There are a few tiny difficult-to-see nicks towards the bottom on the base, that are black-on-black, which look old to me and part of the production process. There are a few spots of missing color due to handling over the years.
The bottoms show a lot of sitting wear.
Each bottom has the impressed mark of WS&S. One vessel has the impressed number of 1420 and the other vessel has the impressed number of 5421. Each vessel has a hand enameled number 13.
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