Collectors the world over, and particularly in the great antebellum homes of the Deep South, prize what has become known as "Old Paris" or "Vieux Paris" porcelain. This refers to the incredibly gilt, painted, extremely decorated tableware, vases, urns, clocks, figures, inkwells, perfume bottles, and all manner of accessories created in and around the city of Paris, by over 30 different factories and hundreds of artisans, from the mid-1700s through the end of the Second Empire.
No single porcelain mark is synonymous with Old Paris porcelain, and it is estimated that around 70% of production in this era had no identifying marks at all. Due to the demands of a style-conscious public, the forms and decoration of the wares were produced in tremendous variety, changing with the fashion of the moment.
This lovely compote, circa 1875-1895, rests on a low standard base which is decorated with hand painted botanical flowers in shades of pink to rose and lavender to purple with shaded green foliage. The outside border is a pleasing aqua/green with an inter circle of delicate soft blue linked ovals with geometric design, each separated by a narrow gold band and gold trim on the gently scalloped edge. The low standard has a simple gold band surrounding the base. The coup-style compote measures 8 5/8" across and 2 1/2" in height. Marked "1814" in gold which probably designates the mould, pattern or decorator. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some minor gold and paint wear on the border.