Hand painted china is so beautiful if done in a factory decorating department, professional studio or a small home-studio environment. During the late 1800's and early 1900's china decorating became a favorite hobby of many American ladies who would purchase china blanks from various companies and create their own works of art.
This lovely hand painted vase, circa 1920, was executed in a home studio. The graceful urn-shaped body is decorated on one side with pastel pink and white blossoms with shaded green foliage near the base; on the reverse side the motif is repeated with orange/brown and white floral with a pastel blue background for both. The flared base, neck and upright handles are all adorned with a brushed gold finish. The vase measures 6 1/2" in height; the white-ware blank carries the back-stamp "Thomas Bavaria", used by Fritz Thomas Company from 1908-1939. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Not signed by the artist.