This vase has a rounded belly and a short, arched neck and was made in the period 1899-1902. The vase has a spectacular decor of two dragons, against a beige, neutral background. The dragons slither over the vase in undulating movements. You can see their open beaks, claws and wings, as well as fanciful swirling brick-red patterns in the background. The vase is 23 cm or 9 inches high and 15.3 cm or 6 inches wide. This is model 103 from Faiance and Tile Factory Holland from the Dutch city of Utrecht, the factory also known as Mijnlieff, after founder and owner Jan-Willem Mijnlieff. The vase is well signed with the factory logo, the name: Holland Utrecht and the number 363 E. Two comparable vases (model and decor) are depicted in the book ‘The Collectie Holland’ on page 104. Unfortunately, the vase has a glued chip on the base.
The dragons on the vase are inspired by the illustrations of the German artist Anton Seder (1850-1916). In 1895 he published the publication ‘Das Thier’, containing illustrations of various animals, including various dragons (see illustrations below).
The vase is not for sale and belongs to my private collection