23 November 2010
SIXTEEN VIENNA STYLE PORCELAIN MINIATURE PORTRAIT VASES AND TWO EWERS
LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, BLUE BEEHIVE MARKS, VARIOUS IMPRESSED AND PAINTED NUMERALS, SOME WITH GILT DECORATOR'S MARKS, SIGNATURES FOR FRITSCH, PILZ, AND PRELL, NINE SIGNED WAGNER
Of variant forms and ground colors, each painted with a portrait of a beauty, most identified on the underside, including: Odalisque, Herbst, Ruth, Una Gitana, Ellenborough, Abendklänge, Gioventu, Reflexion, Neapoletanerin, Frühling, Marie Antoinette, Poesie, Epheu and three of Erblüth; Ruth with a cover; three embellished with turquoise 'jewels'
5 in. (12.6 cm.) high, the tallest; 2¾ in. (6.9 cm.) high, the smallest (18)
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