Ca 1900 figural vase showing two pretty ladies admiring flowers among what appears to be water-side reeds. Glazed in soft colors with delicate hand painted details on their clothing and the flowers. A few stamens inside the water lily flowers are gone (see pic) and there are very tiny edge losses on a couple of petals. I'm also thinking there may have been more to the tips of the little girls fingers on the outside hand. At a glance their shape seems correct, so it's possible the ends were cut across at manufacture to give the illusion of being curled inward, I only noticed when examining the piece upside down with a loupe. But the cut is not glazed like the rest of the hand (see pic) so this suggests the tips were sheared off after glazing. Possibly that happened before firing at the kiln and it was originally sold this way, possibly not, just wanted to point out this anomaly.
The underside of the vase is embossed "EBS" for Ernst Bohne & Söhne and the number "3626". Company's blue anchor mark is also present but it is very faint and basically just looks like a blue splotch. Measurements are 8" high x 6.5" across the top at the figures x 6.5" across the widest area of the oval base. The vase weighs 2 3/4 pounds, so it's fairly hefty.
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