703. Pair German Hand Painted Vases Helena Wolfsohn 19th Ct

Stylish Pair of Hand Painted Mantle Vases of double gourd form, last half of the Nineteenth Century.

The circular panels with paintings depicting romantic couples in Eighteenth Century dress, within decorative gilt surrounds.


Condition: Perfect condition with no restoration, back and front views are alike.

Base mark see note below.


Height: 7.5" (19cm).



The history and the decorative talents of Helena Wolfsohn are intertwined with the world famous Dresden porcelain. From about 1843 until 1883, Helena Wolfsohn, the woman, as well as the studio baring her name, was a respected decorator of porcelain blanks obtained from a myriad of different porcelain companies. Helena Wolfsohn was most famous for the decorative porcelain pieces she turned out in the distinctive Rocco fashion. The Rocco revival ushered in a era of highly ornate porcelain pieces that featured brightly colored flowers, shells, and foliage

Like many of the other highly skilled decorators in the Dresden area of Germany during that era, Helena Wolfsohn painted in the Dresden, or Meissen, style of decorating porcelain. Other famous decorators of that time period include Karl Richard Klemm, Carl Thieme, and Donath & Co. Each of these decorators used the same Dresden mark while altering it slightly in order to designate the different decorators. The Dresden mark’s primary feature was a stunning crown in blue.

Helena Wolfsohn used the letter D written in script along with the blue Dresden crown as her mark. Her business was turned over to W.E. Stephan and Leopold Elb in 1878. By 1879, the new owners of the Helena Wolfsohn porcelain decorating studio began using a copied Augustus Rex mark that was signified by the letters AR. This mark had been previously registered by the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, also known simply as KPM..