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Rozenburg "Yellow Rose" Eggshell Porcelain Vase


This Dutch eggshell porcelain "Yellow Rose" vase, by Rozenburg, is decorated with voluptuously blooming orange roses and buds by W. P. Hartgring. Elegantly refined in shape with undulating curves to its outline, the composition seems to widen and narrow in order to adhere to the beautiful expanse or tightness of the vegetal decorations that adorn the piece.

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Item #: C-19785
Artist: Rozenberg, W. P. Hartgring
Circa: 1902
Dimensions: 10" height, 3.25" width
Materials: Eggshell porcelain
Signed: With artist's monogram "H," with the firm’s mark, and numbered "577" and "79"
Provenance: Private collection of Victor Arwas, London; Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1995
Literature: Similar vases are pictured in The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. IV: Ceramics and Glass, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1998, p. 371

The variety of rose shown here is a yellow cabbage rose, a hybrid rose developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between the 17th century and the 19th century. They were also known as centifolia roses or hundred petals for their elaborate dense structure. The cabbage rose was renowned for its scent, cultivated in the city of of Grasse for perfumery. The cabbage rose is encircled with cream colored lilacs and spiderwebs. The inclusion of the lilac and spiderweb by W. P. Hartgring was an homage to the firm's most popular model, the purple lilac and spiderweb. Finely-veined green leaves curl around and behind the flowers. The decoration was meticulously executed using a stippling technique, recreating the texture of a "stipple engraving" print.