I have for your consideration a wonderful Limoges biscuit/cracker jar bearing a version of the Tressemann & Vogt mark 5a (circa 1892) as well as the T&V overglaze decorating mark 16b (circa 1907). The jar is proudly signed by the listed and well known artist, Roby. This artist appears in most all reference books on Limoges hand painted porcelain. Roby was known for this particular design and even from across the room when I first spotted it, I knew immediately that it was one of his pieces. I have seen this Roby decor on a few items: punch bowls, plates and small ornate accent objects. This is the first biscuit/cracker jar I have come across and it would look lovely alone or grouped with others of its kind!
The biscuit jar stands approximately 5.5" to the top of its gold encrusted finial and measures 9.5" across from handle to handle. The body of the porcelain is done in a pale butter cream yellow with the top rim area a soft muted olive green. There is a cluster of pink and red roses on the front and back of the jar and decorates the lid. The roses are nestled among tufts of blue, green, and yellow foliage. A thin band of gold gild runs around the widest part of the jar near the base and the mouth rim, as well as the edge of the lid. Accenting this marvelous display of roses are gold gilded flourishes outlined in black. What a fabulous way for Roby to add that WOW factor. On either side of the biscuit/cracker jar is a gold arched handle with raised beading that compliments the gold beading found around the edge of the finial.
The biscuit/cracker jar is in fantastic condition. There is no wear to the painted surface. There is little if no wear to the gold. There are no cracks, chips, flakes, flea bites, hairlines, or spiders.
If you are a collector of hard to find Roby pieces, or any Limoges hand painted items filled with roses, this would be a fine addition.