Offered for sale is a pair of late 19th century matched Dresden hand painted urns made by the firm of Helena Wolfsohn. The three-part bolted urns feature goose neck handles, perforated covers with wreath finials, and pastoral scenes painted in the Watteau manner. The pastoral scenes alternate with yellow panels painted with floral bouquets, all highlighted in gilt tracery.
Helena Wolfsohn owned a porcelain-decorating studio, which began operation in Dresden, Germany, in 1843. During her lifetime, her shop was one of the most prolific decorating studios in Dresden. She did not produce her own porcelain but purchased white blanks from Meissen as well as from other famous porcelain factories. Her mark was often mistaken for one of those factories, especially Meissen. Whether or not this was done on purpose to deceive is still in question amongst historians. However what is not in question, is that she painted pieces of exceptional quality and artistic merit, and that her wares have become collectible in their own right.
The urns are in excellent age related condition with the following exceptions: the gilt on the handles is worn and there is a restoration to the base of one wreath finial.
Size: 10 3/4" Height.