A pair of lovely hand painted pansy blossoms in purple and burgundy shades with the beloved yellow pansy face decorate the front of this diminutive vase by Le Pere. Backed by green leaves with a long trailing bud on each side, the flowers come to life on a cream colored glaze. The vase is heavily gilded, with gold encrusted fancy handles, gold on the foot, and gold poured down inside the scalloped asymmetrical top.
Le Pere Pottery was located in Janesville, Ohio, and was known for their high quality pottery with a glaze that resisted crazing, as well as their lovely gilding technique. In operation only from 1936 to 1961, they produced mainly figurines, so this vase is an unusual find.
This vase measures just 5-7/8 inches tall and 2-3/4 inches across the handles. It is 2-inches front to back, and the foot is 2-inches in diameter.
It is marked with a gold circle on the bottom that reads "Hand Painted Le Pere."
Despite the Le Pere claim of craze-resistance, there is non-discolored crazing near the bottom of the vase. There is also minor wear on the gold, but this vase is still lovely considering it is 50 to 75 years old!