Vase with maskeron, H 23 cm
Vase with maskeron, H 23 cm
  • Vase with maskeron, H 23 cm
  • Vase with maskeron, H 23 cm

Vase with maskeron, H 23 cm

Brown Böttger Stoneware® actually predates Meissen Porcelain® but fell into oblivion for almost 200 years after the latter had been invented. That may seem a little surprising given the expressiveness of the ware produced in the earliest MEISSEN® material by Johann Jacob Irminger (1635-1724) - of which this vase is a notable example. Its surface has been lapidary-polished to resemble precious wood. The method of ornamentation adopted reveals Irminger to have been a silversmith by trade. At his Dresden studio, he judiciously went about making concave copper moulds of decorative features that were subsequently cast in stoneware and attached to their host vessels at Albrechtsburg castle. Irminger’s works are typically populated by rows of acanthus, grotesque masks (“mascarons”) and female figures - the court silversmith was at great pains to fashion the precious new material in the most refined manner conceivable. Mascarons of the kind adorning this vase had been popular design motifs ever since classical times. They are semi-sculptural features that were used to allegorically represent or, indeed, to caricaturise deities and mythical beings. Whereas the moulded detail originally luted on was of a dark metallic hue, however, that on our new covered vase has been enriched with brightly radiant gilding - a splendid demonstration of the delights to which the MEISSEN® tradition affords access.

SKU: 949184-85921-1
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Weight: 600 g
Limited to 50 pieces.

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