Hand decorated and dated 1910, this cider pitcher by Limoges of France, features a bold decoration scheme of stylized flowers in the arts & crafts mode. The top has a gold rim with forest green and brown stripes beneath. The body has five stylized flowers. Each "flower" has an architectural stem of green lines with a rectangular branching stem ending in a box as the center of a circular flower head. Each flower head has seven gold "petals" reaching outward from the green box on a brown background to form the center of the blossom. These same gold "petals" are used at both the base and top of the handle. The gold, green and brown stripes are repeated at the base of the handle while the rectangular "stem" is used on the body of the handle. The pitcher measures 6 inches in height, 6.75 inches for the base diameter, and 6 inches for the mouth diameter. The handle is 4.25 inches in vertical height. The bottom is well marked with the green ink stamp of William Guerin (WG&Co) within the Limoges, France logo. Above the logo in black ink is the hand written mark: Jan, 1910. L. M. Dunan. Beneath the logo, handwritten in black ink: Margaret Mooney Lang, Jan. 26th, 1910. There is a glaze crack of 2 inches on the bottom. The pitcher blank had some tiny manufacturing dings. The hand painting shows a mildly shaky hand. Overall, this is a lovely piece. All paint decorations are intact; no scratches found.
Cider Pitcher, Hand Decorated, Arts & Crafts Limoges France Wm. Guerin & Co