A pair of large vases with dragons

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A pair of large vases with dragons

Pale earthenware (possibly stoneware) vases with feldspar glaze, applied with large and detailed models of crawling dragons. Shield and vase mark. A filled firing crack to the underside, restored breakage to the tip of one dragon's tail. H ca. 85 cm.
Design attributed to Peter Dümler, produced by Reinhold Hanke, Höhr-Grenzhausen, 2nd half 19th C.

These two vases are exceptional products of late 19th century Westerwald ceramics. They are the largest and most innovative pieces made during a time that was so strongly influenced by Historicism that almost the entire Rhenish ceramics market was focussed on the production of conservative forms. With that it mind, it is probable that these pieces were made as unique experimental works, possibly to be presented at an international exhibition to draw in new customers. Stylistically, they are closely linked to French art ceramics of the 19th century, such as the works of Pierre-Adrian Dalpayrat.

Provenance

Former Dümler company museum in Höhr-Grenzhausen.
Cologne collection.

Literature

Lempertz auctioned the estate of the collector and factory owner Peter Dümler, who died in 1907, in March 1914 (158. Math. Lempertz´sche Kunstversteigerung), the auctioneer was Peter Hanstein.

Lot 663 Dα

Estimate:
4.000 € - 6.000 €

Result:
4.464 €