I have for your consideration a fabulous J.S. Silesia Germany punch bowl and plinth and five matching O.E. & G footed cups. The punch bowl, plinth and each individual cup is signed by the artist, M. Kissinger. The punch bowl and the plinth also bear the date 1910.
The punch bowl measures 13.75" across and 6.50" tall. On the plinth it stands 9.5" high. The footed cups measure 3.25" tall and 4" in diameter at the mouth. The overall pattern of grape and ivy is delightful and the colors are rich and vibrant. The punch bowl sits on a footed dark green base with an almost blackish green band at the very bottom edge. The background of the bowl itself starts with a light green near the base and works its way up to a deep sponged green around the top two or three inches of the rim. Trailing around the circumference of the bowl's top rim are four enormous clusters of wonderful golden red and purple lush grapes that connect to each other by long twining brown vines with wispy tendrils curling between the grape clusters. Another row of twining vines and grape leaves with two smaller grape clusters adorn the inside top edge of the punch bowl. Here, as on the outside of the bowl, a sponging of red enhances the color palette and adds a burst of contrast. The cups are absolutely darling. They have a gorgeous green footed stem which ends in a black band as it reaches up to the base of the cup. From this point upward, just as the artist did with the punch bowl, there is a light green that reaches the top rim where it deepens to the same green that was used on the footed stem. The artist once again decorates the top outside rim with three smaller clusters of purple grapes, vines and leaves carrying the design of vines, leaves and tendrils around the inside rim, as well. The plinth is a medley of colors with dark green paw feet that rise up to pinkish red raised flourishes, the front of which are done in a light green leaf shape with dark green stripes or ribs. The sections in between these raised flourishes are painted with more grape and ivy decor.
The punch bowl, plinth and cups are all in marvelous condition. There are no chips, flakes, flea bites, cracks, spiders or hairlines. There is slight to no wear around the punch bowl mouth rim and there are a few gentle worn spots to the inside flat rim of the plinth where the bowl sits. Otherwise, for a set that is 100 years old it is is remarkable shape.
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