This French Faience vase stands a tall 9.25" high by 7" in diameter. It was produced by Hippolyte Boulenger of Hippolyte Boulenger & Cie, in the Choisy-le-Roi region of France, just outside of Paris. The company was started in 1804, and went through a number of changes through the 1800s, with Hippolyte taking charge in the 1860s. The company continued into the 1930s before closing for good. This vase, which we believe dates to circa 1880, has a wonderful full-bodied form, swelling at the shoulders. It is decorated in classic style, with Griffins adorning the shoulders, and framed in bands or garlands of fleur-de-lis, vertically and horizontally over the vessel. It is glazed in a black ground, with magnificent cobalt blue and gold metallic accent glazes, blushed with touches of gilt in a sponge pattern over the body and rim. The interior is glazed in white with cobalt touches. This faience vase is well marked on the base with the HB & Cie mark, which dates to the 1860s through to the 1890s. This impressive vessel is in excellent condition for a pot that is more than 130 years old, with an old restoration to a rim chip, and a tiny splinter in the glaze on the foot edge, which can be felt if you run your hands around the base edge, but not seen. If you collect French Faience pottery, here's your chance to add an exceptionally glazed vessel to your collection!
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