Chelsea ‘Snowball’ vase with vine encrustation, c. 1755


Chelsea ‘Snowball’ vase, the elegant baluster form completely encrusted with small applied white flowerheads with yellow & gilt centers, the sides encrusted with green stemmed leafy vines with red berries, an arc of berries forming the knop, on a shaped square plinth foot with gilt details. Fugitive ‘2’ and ‘X’ mark to base & lid, Circa 1755


Multiple restorations to the small flowers, leaves, chip to foot restored




The snowball style ('schneeballen') was invented by J.J. Kaendler at Meissen in 1739, when he designed a service covered in three dimensional flowers for her Majesty Maria Josepha. Chelsea examples date a decade later, but they didn't make many; hardly surprising considering the incredible amount of work involved in applying all of those individual flowers!

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