The Meissen lion was commissioned by Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony (12 May 1670- 1 February 1733). It was made in the famous porcelain factory at Meissen for the Japanese Palace Augustus bought in Dresden in 1717 to house his extensive oriental collection.
Ceramic spill vase in the form of an 'Egyptian' Futurist cat designed by Louis Wain and retailed by Max Emanuel & Co. Cream ground with painted facial features, stripes and abstract motifs in red and green, and black 'meow meow' notes. Main body signed 'Louis Wain' in black towards the bottom rear, printed makers marks and painted 'Rd No. 638318' on the base. English, c. 1914