c1885 Dresden Donath Porcelain Vase with Eel Handles


An unusual and attractive amphora shaped baluster vase with twin handles in the shape of eels.

The vase is finely decorated with flowers and gilding. It has a hand written blue crown above ‘Dresden’. The mark is apparently typical of pieces made by Donath & Co., of Wachsbleichstrasse 25. The company was founded on 1872 and this is considered an early piece. The condition is good, with just a couple of small chips to the bottom of the eel’s tail. They do not detract from the look of the piece.

Dresden decorators were the first and most successful to employ the style on dinnerware decorated with elaborate and fanciful rococo designs, using a profusion of foliage, flowers, fruits, shells and scrolls. Between 1855 and 1944, Dresden housed over 200 painting shops; but the Dresden style is always associated with wares bearing the blue crown mark first registered by Richard Klemm, Donath & Co., Oswald Lorenz, and Adolph Hamann in 1883 and the type of wares they produced.

Size: 8.5 x 5 x 12 cm
Weight: 99 g