This is one of the most fascinating porcelain decorative pieces I have ever run into. Dated in the late 1800s, which saw the introduction of the industrial age, much of this piece was handcrafted. We have a companion piece to this also listed in our shop, but there are subtle crafting differences in each. This gorgeous mantel or console piece depicts many mythological characters, probably Goddess Aphrodite, who was born of the sea foam, and other water nymphs and sea creatures. There are two different sea-born scenes depicted on each side of the bowl, one portrays a peaceful setting and the other more violent. The foot is bolted to the bowl securely, but there is some give in case you wanted to rotate it. This beautiful piece is 11 ¼” tall, 11 ¼” wide, and 4 ½” deep. It is marked on the bottom with the three blue lines that look like an H.
Differing a bit from the companion piece, this one has soft blues and aqua colors, and Aphrodite is looking up. The other piece has predominately soft of the aquas, and she looks straight out. The flower pattern in her robes differ. The faces of the feline faces on the bowl are colored differently, amongst several other subtle differences.
This piece is in good condition, considering the age. There is a bit of gold trim paint loss. As evidenced by very small holes in the hands of the nymph, I assume there was once a small chain or ribbon that it was holding as it rides the sea monster. There is a chip of porcelain missing where the base meets the bowl (next to last photo) and a chip broken off on one side, between the hands of the two mermaids. The sea monster has a very tiny chip on the tip of his lower lip.
This would be a beautiful and interesting addition to your decorative porcelain collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Sitzendorf Voight Bros. Porcelain Footed Console Bowl or Compote