Rich shading and an appealing shape make this unique jardiniere a wonderful display item for your home. The artist (Edwards) used vibrant colors for his poppy-shaped flowers (plum, amethyst, deep violet, dusty mauve, soft buttery yellow, amber and warm umber) and saturated shades of green for the large, velvety leaves (moss, grass and dark forest green). The shoulder is done in sable brown, mocha, tawny brown and warm amber. The shading from shoulder to base are blended in a lovely watercolor style with shades of lavender, butter, melon, creamy yellow, pale & medium grass green. The overall effect is of a flowers growing free in a shaded forest. The brushstrokes of the overglaze, matte paints are bold and impressionistic - lots of confidence and flair from this skilled artist.
The bowl has a squat, fulsome form, so it's size (7 3/4" across shoulder and 4 1/2" deep) seems much larger. In very good condition with no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing (hard paste porcelain). The paint is extremely well-preserved with only a bit of loss in a few, small places along the rim edge. It has been well cared for and shows no evidence of soiling or over handling on the painted surface. The mark (Rosenthal, crossed swords, crown, Selb-Bavaria [no dots]) was used ca. 1910. The artist has included a date of 1918 with the signature. Please visit me again when you're traveling down Ruby Lane!
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