15. Porcelain Decorative Cane -Ca. 1900 -Oversized porcelain cobalt and gold Milord Knob, malacca shaft and a metal ferrule. Wealthy aristocrats to display their status and opulence purchased these lavishly enhanced porcelain canes. Indeed, the growing dissatisfaction with industrialized mass production inspired artisans to create flawlessly decorated ceramics – relying on their skill and artistry, rather than industrial machinery. Cobalt compounds were used to add a bright blue color to porcelain, and delicate gold gilding was applied for further embellishment. Viennese and most likely Alexandra Porcelain Works Ernst Wahliss. Mint condition. -H. 2 ¼” x 1 ½”, O.L. 33 ¾” -$600-$900 -The Ernst Wahliss Company was founded in Trnovany (Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria) or modern day Czech Republic in 1863. The company had stores in London and Vienna. In 1894 Wahliss purchased the Alfred Stellmacher Imperial and Royal Porcelain Factory. Following Ernst’s death in 1900, his sons purchased hundreds of molds from the former Imperial and Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Vienna and made fine reproductions of older Vienna porcelain. In 1905 the firm was renamed Alexandra Porcelain Works Ernst Wahliss. The important designer Paul Dachsel worked for the company prior to starting his own company in 1905.