DESCRIPTION: On the finest hard paste white porcelain (Haviland Limoges blank), this Serving Pitcher is an exceptional representation of fine artistic talent that emerged from the D’Arcy Art Studio of Kalamazoo, MI.
The studio opened in the early 1900’s and featured rose designs similar to the rose floral designs cherished by many Limoges collectors. D’Arcy’s was a direct competitor to Chicago’s Pickard Studio, employed a small group of very talented artists that decorated china with remarkable results. When Pickard etching department foreman Frank Yeschek formed his own studio around 1928, he employed several D’Arcy Studio artists that kept pace with Pickard high standards.
This antique Haviland Pitcher is a brilliant collector’s piece. The blank has been handpainted to absolute perfection with emphasis on clusters of naturalistic roses. The ground varies in hues of green, yellow and blue that complement a stunning array of leafy roses.
With perfect detailing, the fluted rim and ornate handle is embellished with gilding, the handle with brushed gold. The inside is of glazed pristine white porcelain; the blank is of Ranson shape.
WHY I LIKE IT: I consider handpainted porcelain pieces to be original works of art that one can enjoy at a special event or as a cabinet display piece. This brilliant Pitcher was created by a very talented artist that enriched the legacy of china painting with this exceptional masterpiece. It is from a Private Collection.
CIRCA: Haviland France 1893-1930s; D’Arcys Studio mark (in red) 1900-1920
BACKSTAMP(s): see above
ARTIST SIGNATURE: L Bennett
DIMENSIONS: 6-3/4” H x 7” W spout to handle x 4-1/4” top opening
CONDITION: Very Fine. No loss of gold or paint, no chips, cracks, crazing, or repairs.
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