Hand Painted china is beautiful no matter if executed in a factory decorating department, professional decorating studio or by skilled individuals in a home studio environment. During the late 1800's and early 1900's this became a favorite hobby of many American ladies who would purchase china blanks from various companies and create their own works of art.
This beautiful hand painted tankard pitcher, circa 1900, was decorated in a home-studio environment but is as exquisitely executed as any from the finest factory or professional decorating studios. The pitcher is entirely covered with vines laden with tempting purple concord grapes nestled among shaded green leaves, vines and tendrils . The background is a combination of muted pastel green, creamy yellow and apricot. The arched handle and rim is gold decorated. The signature of the artist and date is scratched on the base of the piece, "Painted 1903 (or 1905) Lou D Slaton".
The tankard measures an impressive 12" in height, 4" across the top, 7 3/4" from spout-to-handle and 4 1/4" across the base. It carries the back-stamp "T & V Limoges France", which designates the the Tressemann & Vogt Porcelain factory, circa 1892-1907. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or decoration wear. Looks as thought it has sat on a self for over 100 years. A beautiful piece.