Austrian porcelain antique vase and cover, by Royal Vienna
This fine hand-painted work is richly decorated in ornate gilt, and exudes an elegant opulence characteristic of Royal Vienna porcelain.
The porcelain vase of baluster form, decorated to the body in the manner of Francois Boucher with hand-painted Classical scenes of Greek scholars and of Constantine I proclaiming the recognition of Christianity, the circular base similarly decorated with a central oval reserve depicting a female nude reclining beside a cherub, the main body flanked on either side by twin gilt handles, surmounted by a navy lid with further gilt detailing
Signed to the body 'C. Forster', beehive mark to the underside for Royal Vienna, also bearing inscription 'Konstantin I verkündet die Anerkennung des Christenthums' and 'Griechische Gelehrte' (Constantine I proclaims the recognition of Christianity / Greek scholars)