EARLY AND RARE PAIR OF “SPHINX” VASES-CENSERS Meissen Circa 1815-1860
EARLY AND RARE PAIR OF “SPHINX” VASES-CENSERS
Circa 1815-1860
Meissen
Porcelain
23 cm
Inventory number: Model Number: F25

Both vases are rare and of an unusual shape.

They comprise of a round body with an openwork top and a domed drop in cover, finished with a laurel wreath, a symbol of peace and victory.

Placed on concave-sided triangular base, the vases are each supported by three legs, within the boundaries of those legs there is a mint-green laurel garland.

Opposite to each other on both sides of the vases, there are Sphinx’s heads which serve as a decorative handles.

The motive of sphinxes is often associated with the guardians of the household.

The center medallions are finely painted with the equestrian scenes comprising of travelers and landscapes, executed at that time fashionably and in a Dutch manner.