Vintage W. Duke Downs Hand Painted Floral Ceramic Coffee / Chocolate Pot
Quite a bit of research went into tracking down the particulars on artist W.Duke Downs. From what I can piece together he was a Trenton, NJ landscape artist from the early to mid 20th century. I have seen his paintings, but as of yet no other ceramic pieces. As Trenton was the hub of the ceramics industry in the early to mid 1900's, it's possible that he did a few of these or that this was simply a personal piece or gift. There is no backstamp on the pot itself and only his signature exists at the bottom of the pitcher under the flowers. Please double click on second pic at left for clear view of signature.
It is a beautiful combination of florals and leaves in shades of yellow, green, blue and brown. Gilt trim to the handle, top of the pot and base.
Excellent condition with only one small area of wear to the gilt, along the very edge of the top. There are no chips or cracks of any kind and no fading or flaws to the hand painted design....it is truly a beautiful piece!
Pot stands 9.5" tall and 8.5" handle to spout, holding 5 cups.
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Item ID: RLCP432
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