The Vista Alegre Factory, a porcelain and glass factory in Portugal, began in 1815 by Pinto Bass. They were well known for porcelain using golden details and delicate flowers, which reached its peak in the late 19th century. This pretty little porcelain decanter is missing its stopper, but otherwise is in excellent condition. It most likely was used as a vanity decanter or water decanter as part of a lady's dresser set. The bulbous base is hand decorated in golden vines with leaves and three pretty pink roses. The base is marked VA Portugal in green, and also stamped Made in Portugal in blue. There is also painted in gold a 2 and what appears to be the remnants of a 3, which may be the artist's mark. The piece measures about 4.75" tall and about 4.75" in diameter at the widest part of the body. Although the stopper is long gone, it would make a beautiful little bud vase to sit with other dresser or vanity items.
Item ID: 2227