This Wilhelm Schiller & Sons Dutch majolica vase measures 8" high by 5" across the handles by 5" in diameter. It has an Art Nouveau presentation with relief swirl lines in the body of the vessel. It is beautifully decorated with a Dutch motif of two young men by the shore, with boats on the river all around and a windmill in the far distance. The painting is superb, with such realism in their facial features. It is glazed in a soft blue ground with green Art Nouveau handles and complementary colors in the artwork. This vase bears the raised wafer cartouche for Wilhelm Schiller & Son 'W.S. & S.', along with its shape number 14221. This vase dates to c1890s. It is in original condition, no apologies for its age of more than 125+ years'.
According to an online article, three firms from Bohemia are known for their majolica production: Wilhelm Schiller and Sons, Julius Dressler, and B. Bloch and Company. Of the three, Wilhelm Schiller and Son was the most productive, making majolica wares in the 1880's. The company's majolica was well modeled and featured pleasing glaze color combinations characteristic of Central Europe. Schiller specialized in decorative majolica, including ornamental vases, centerpieces, ewers, jardinières and pedestals, wall plaques, and wall pockets. However, the factory also produced practical wares including candlesticks, card trays, humidors, lamps, matchboxes, pitchers, and steins. Schiller died in the early 1900s. His son Eduard continued producing majolica wares until World War I started. The factory closed in 1914.