This is a rare, one-of-a-kind; brass-footed porcelain punch bowl set decorated with clusters of sumptuous grapes and curling leaves still on the vines with heavy gold gilding of 22kt gold. Included in this set is the porcelain bowl with attached brass base, six cups and a ladle. Each cup measures 2.5" high x 3" diameter ; ladle measures 2" high x 3.25" diameter x 8.5" handle; punch bowl is 7" high with base included x 10.5" diameter, with attached brass base of 7 .75" diameter.
Magnificently hand painted by master china painter, Hebe Lee Wiseman, this set showcases lifelike clusters of purple and green grapes with leaves and vines trailing against an ivory background all highlighted in 22kt gold. She has gilded the entire handle, inside and the rim of the ladle, as well as each of the six cups, the punch bowl rim is also edged in 22kt gold. The bottom of each cup is hallmarked; Bareuther, Waldsassen, Bavaria-Germany #172. The punch bowl is signed "Hebe Lee" and dated 1978.
This exceptionally rare set is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks or hairlines. There is no wear on the hand painting or the gold. Each piece painstakingly rendered, this eight piece set is a true and accurate representation of the exceptional quality one expects from this master china painter! The completion of this set took over a year and absolutely solidifies her mastery in china painting!
Brief biography: As a young woman, Hebe Lee Wiseman spent several years in and around the cities of Rome, Naples, Florence and Venice. This is where her love of art really began to grow as a result of being surrounded by beautiful masterpieces. After returning to her home in Arlington, Virginia, she began studying the fine art of china painting with her mother, Margaret Surber. Mrs. Surber was a master china painter who also worked in watercolor and oils. Hebe spent the next twenty years teaching china painting classes in her home. In 1980, she began working for world-renowned artist, P. Buckley Moss where she developed an interest in graphic arts. Pursuing a career in the graphics art field, she went on to become a computer graphics specialist. Ms. Wiseman has also worked as production manager for several companies. Although the contracting world presented many new challenges, her desire to paint never diminished.