This type of English pottery was produced between 1865 and 1875. It was purchased in a country market in France.
We instantly fell in love with the colors and abstract design of this large vase. The rich and vibrant blue and green background of the vase gives the effect of water and sky. Two birds, hand drawn in gilt, stand amongst the floating lotus blossoms and ferns along the river bank. They are accented with bits of fiery orange. The lotus blossoms are accented with pink. Accents of gilt are placed on the foliage, on the two handles of the vase and on the leaf and geometrical designs of the mouth and stand. The vase was intended for a bookshelf or fireplace mantle, as the back remains without design. The mouth has a fluted and curvy edge, mimicking a flower petal. The two handles attach with a leaf form to the sides.
The vase is in very good condition, with no visible cracks or chips. It sits soundly on the tabletop. The colors are as brilliant and the gilt as shimmering as when it was new. It measures:10" tall, 4 1/2" wide at the base and 4 1/2" wide at the top opening.
It is a stunning piece, full of color and shimmering gilt.
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French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Gilded Figural Bronze Accessories, Majolica, Engravings, Chocolate Molds