A delicately made and finely painted pitcher, it is small in size but large in charm and elegance. It dates from 1880-1890.
It has a dainty and curvaceous shape. The background is in very pale lemon yellow, with extensive amounts of hand-painted gilt accents. There is a central medallion which features a dream-like scene in which a beautiful lady reaches out to hold a tiny winged cherub's hand. They are placed in a dreamy scene, the cherub stands on stone steps and there are beautiful trees in the background. The detail is very fine, for a scene so small, the face of both the cherub and young woman are expressive and there features are delicate. The lady wears sandals, very finely portrayed. The golden curls of the cherub are lovely.
A gilt frame surrounds this central medallion, with applied gilt dots (which stand out from the body). These dots have been placed alongside wide gilt ribbons which frame the central design.
There is a mark and numbering on the bottom of the piece. It measures: 3 78" tall, 1 3/4" in diameter at the base, 2 1/4" in diameter at the tip lip, 4 3/4" wide from the tip of the spout to the edge of the handle.
It remains in very good condition, with no visible nicks or cracks. The painting is in excellent condition, with the original colors and design remaining fresh and vibrant. The gilt embellishment has hardly any loss of color or design.
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