Solon's Illustrated Journal records the present pair as worked on between the 11th of November and the 11th of December 1889. The margin records a minimum of 28 days of combined labor on 'les vases a trois anses'.
The present pair of vases was formerly in the collection of Louis Winans of Brighton, England, the son of a Baltimore, Maryland railroad engineer who helped supervise the construction of the first commercial railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow. He was also the one time owner of the legendary 'Agra Diamond' and 'The Golden Drop'. See Christie's, New York, 21 October 2008, lot 17 for another pair of Solon vases from the Winans collection.