Schoenau Bros | Antique Imari Cream Jug and Sugar Bowl

Schoenau Brothers Antique Imari Cream Jug and Sugar Bowl


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A dainty matched pair consisting of a cream pitcher and lidded sugar bowl in the Imari pattern, these fine antique porcelain pieces were made by Schoenau Brothers in the German state of Thuringia. They are marked on the bottoms with painted blue crossed swords along with an "H" for Huttensteinach, the town where the porcelain manufactory was located. This mark imitated Meissen's "crossed swords" mark, so closely that Meissen filed a legal objection in 1896. and the Schoenau firm was forced to discontinue using the mark (although many reference sources state that they used the mark until 1920.)

The traditional Imari pattern that covers the cream pitcher, the sugar bowl and the wide rim of its lid was hand painted in cobalt blue and iron red with lots of gilding on the pure white porcelain bodies. There are scrolls, diamonds and flowers; a sinuous vine of cobalt and gold on the creamer handle and rings of gold and cobalt on the lid, topped by a knop in the same colors. 

The cream jug measures 4 inches tall to the top of the handle; the sugar bowl stands 3 1/2 inches tall. Both have painting errors such as small smears and lumps of paint and a tiny missing piece of porcelain on the rim of the lid, which happened in the firing; it's on a white part of the pattern, so it blends in (there is a bit of blue china paint in it). Both are otherwise in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips, merely the expected wear to the gilding. In the photographs showing the upper rim of the sugar bowl, what appears to be a tiny chip on the rim is actually a bit of excess gold paint.

These beautiful Imari pattern porcelain pieces look especially lovely with Gaudy Welsh or white ironstone and anywhere you want an exotic dash of pattern and color.


PYH 4535


Bing and Grøndahl Coffee Pot #91B

Seahorse Motif Bing and Grøndahl Coffee Pot #91B


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Bing and Grøndahl was a Danish ceramics manufacturer founded in 1853, famous for their fine porcelains. This coffee pot is a lovely example of their artistry, decorated in their Traditional Blue design with sprigs of berries and flowers in cobalt blue on pure white. The charming lid finial and the handle are molded in the form of seahorses and there are molded "fish scales" on the lid and the base. The lid goes on just one way, which locks it into place for safety. The spout is fluted and has a tiny hole, both of which are designed to prevent dripping when pouring.
The printed green mark on the bottom was used from 1962 to 1970 and consists of three towers which are derived from the Coat of Arms of Copenhagen. Beneath those is the word "Kjøbenhavn," the Danish word for their capital city of Copenhagen, followed by the word DENMARK and the model number 91B, used by B & G with various patterns. This pattern plays well with other blue and white porcelain patterns from Bing and Grøndahl, as well as several from Royal Copenhagen and Villeroy & Boch, among others.

The pot is 9 1/2 inches tall to the top of the knob on the lid, 7 inches across from spout to handle and it holds 4 cups. With its lid on it weighs one pound nine ounces. It's in mint condition, apparently never used and absolutely lovely in every way. 

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PYH 4649

Bristol Glass Botanical Art Antique Vase

Hand Blown Antique Bristol Glass Vase, Victorian Hand Enameled Botanical Art


Hand blown in the late Victorian era, circa 1880, this tall, semi-opaque glass vase is known as Bristol glass. Bristol was an important glassmaking center in England in the 1700's and 1800's, and although this vase is a distant relative of the painted milk glass made there, collectors have nevertheless adopted the name. The piece was probably made in Bohemia, known for the fine quality and large quantity of their glass that was exported to America. 

One of the reasons Bristol glass is appreciated is for the delicate hand enameled decorations, some of which are simple and amateurish. The more desirable and valuable pieces, like this vase, are skillfully and complexly painted, like miniature works of art. This vase is also gilded, both with bands around the mouth rim and below it, the neck and base and also as fern fronds among the flowers. The flowers are lovely, realistically painted in the predominant colors of blue, white, brown and green on the face of the vase. On the reverse side is a simple brown floral motif with a tracery of gilt. 

This glass is referred to by Bristol glass collectors as "clambroth," this shade a mushroomy greenish taupe. (If you Google "clambroth glass" the different definitions will give you a headache.) While it appears completely opaque in some light, it also has a fiery glow when lit from within (see our photograph # 6). The pontil mark on the bottom has been polished smooth and it has a handwritten "16." in black, typical on many Bristol glass pieces, possibly identifying the shape or the artist. This is a large vase measuring 12 1/2 inches tall, with a 4 1/2 inch wide mouth, a 16 inch circumference at the shoulder and a base 4 5/8 inches in diameter. It weighs 1 1/2 pounds and is in remarkably fine condition. There is wear to the gilt, primarily on the bottom band on the stepped base and a few bubbles in the handmade glass. It displays beautifully and is impressive as a stand alone vase or as part of a collection.


PYH 465


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