This is a 19th century Delinieres & Co French Limoges artist painted and signed large wine decanter or pitcher. The age is from 1894 to 1900.
I apologize for the light glares in the photos. The jug was difficult to photograph. The light glares show as streaks going down from the top.
The decanter or jug is large, 13 5/8" high, 3 7/8" wide at the mouth, and 6" wide at the base. You can view a similar D&Co jug in the "Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain: Third Edition", page 112, Plate 240. The price guide value is noted as being $600 to $700. Mary Frank Gaston describes the pitcher as being a tankard.
The artist's signature is on the front, below and to the right of the handle. The name is L. Erickson.
The painting is one of vines of trailing ripe deep purple blackberries, with pink and white berry blossoms. The green and brown vines show a lot of thorns. The leaves are green and white, and touched with a bit of brown and gray. The background shades to different colors: lavender, blue, green, yellow and cream.
The handle juts out strongly from the side and is covered in gold. There is a wide band of gold around the upper rim of the body.
The decanter is used for wine, however it can be used for any other liquid in which the host or hostess needs large quantities, even water or lemonade.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There are a few glazing irregularities. There is a tiny bit of wear to the gold on the handle and around the rim. The inside of the pitcher needs to be cleaned.
The green underglaze mark is D&Co underscored by France.
Item ID: RL-139
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