An superb Bohemian Ernst Wahliss pottery-bust probably depicting the Princess de Lamballe, a confident of Marie Antoinette. The bust at first appears to be a man, but studied more closely, it is quite evident that the bust is a beautiful woman. The disdainful look on her Patrician face is typical of similar depictions of Marie Antoinette, as she and her ladies in waiting were fond of masquerading in men's clothing. The bust is hand painted in subtle green to apricot shades, in a matte finish, highlighted with gilding, giving parts of the finish a soft lustre.
This piece dates from 1897 to 1906. Wahliss purchased this blank from the Alfred Stellmacher Imperial and Royal Porcelain Factory, which was founded in 1859 and made similar items. Wahliss purchased this factory in 1894. This piece reflects Stellmacher's style with its detailed molding and subtly shaded colors. Wahliss sold his Bohemian pieces in high-end retail stores mainly in London, England and Vienna, Austria. His company was renown for their unique designs and extremely high quality workmanship.
The bust is in very good condition with minor professional restorations to the tip of the collar and some flea bites along the sleeves, typical for pieces of this age.
Size: 17 1/8" Height by 12" Width (approximately).