The William Guerin Limoges Company existed from approximately 1891-1932 and was the successor of the Utzschneider Porcelain Company. William Guerin (1838-1912) had worked at the Utzschneider Company starting in the 1870's before becoming the owner at an unspecified date. The company produced "white-ware" or blanks for exportation to the United States for professional decorating studios as well as small home studios.
This wonderful hand-painted tankard stein, circa 1900, I feel is a product of the Company decorating department or a professional studio environment outside of the Guerin factory. The detail and professionalism is fantastic. The piece is signed "worth" on the front just below the portrait.
The portrait represents an aging, dignified Monk, attired in reddish-brown and white religious habit. In his left hand, with arm raised, he is holding a glass of wine in toast of the special occasion. A slight smile radiates from his lips and his eyes sparkle from under wide graying eye-brows. His receding hairline exposes a large forehead and a glimpse of graying hair and sideburns from under his hood. The background and handle is a medium reddish-brown shading to dark brown near the wide gold covered base. The upper rim has a medium width gold edge with some interior decoration. The back-stamp is green is "Limoges - W.G.& Co. - France". The stein measures 5 7/8" in height, 4 1/8" across he base and 3" across the top. There are no cracks, chips, scratches or repairs; some very minor gold wear near the bottom of the base edge. Great piece for the stein and/or portrait collector.
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