A beautiful piece of French Barbotine/Majolica, it features large leaves and thistle flowers. It dates from the end of the 19th century and originates from Avignon, France.
Many small potteries produced these beautiful wares in France. The molds to cast the pottery were very individual and were carefully guarded by the makers. This piece has a textural coral design background which is glazed in deep turquoise. Large leaves in gold and green, with textured veins fan out from the spout side of the body around each side. Two large thistle flowers, in green and gold bend over the leaves. The applied handle has a ribbed design and is in a sienna brown. The same sienna brown glaze has been applied to the exterior mouth of the pitcher, the interior is a beautiful rose crimson. It has a stamp on the bottom, "NEI"
It is solid and heavy, measuring 8" tall, 5" wide at the base and 4 1/4" x 3 3/8" at the mouth opening.
It is in good condition, there is a small chip (1/4" round) approximately 2 3/4" to the left of the handle at the mouth, otherwise no chips or cracks are noticed. The glazing colors remain brilliant and rich. The subject matter is lovely.
It is a nice, old piece of French Majolica.
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