Presenting a magnificent porcelain bust made in Turn-Teplitz Bohemia, Austria by Ernst Wahliss. The bust depicts a beautiful young woman with a wide smile and her head thrown back. She is dressed in a large frilly hat enhanced with flowers and ribbons. Her manner is emboldened by her risqué décolletage and large frilly sleeves all enhanced with the iridescent glazes typical of the rich finishes often found on Wahliss pieces of this Art Nouveau period. The ribbons are stepped up with a glassy green and cobalt glaze remarkable in their contrast to the soft muted colors of her dress. She is perched on a Rococo stand with bas-relief decoration.
This piece must be viewed in person to be fully appreciated, because when her gown is studied from different angles, the play of light on the iridescent glaze is remarkable. The Teplitz busts have been some of our favorite pieces to collect due to the amazing quality of workmanship evident in the hand production of every piece of which no two are alike.
The bust dates from 1897 to 1906. Wahliss purchased this blank from the Alfred Stellmacher Imperial and Royal Porcelain Factory, which was founded in 1859. He purchased the factory in 1894 and continued to use the blanks from this short lived but artistically brilliant company. 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 excellent age related condition with a minor restored chip to the top of her hat and a few minor flea bite chips to her sleeves, typical for pieces of this style and age.
Size: 23" Height by 17" Width.