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 a factory or professional decorating studio. The pitcher is decorated with vines laden with tempting purple and golden grapes nestled among shaded green and yellow leaves, vines and tendrils . The background, handle and base is a combination of muted dark-to-light green, lavender, crimson and gray. The rim is decorated with gold.
The tankard measures an impressive 12" in height, 4" across the top, 7 3/4" from spout-to-handle and 6" across the base. It is stamped in green "JP over L over France". The JPL mark designates the Jean Pouyat Limoges Company and was used from 1894-1931. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some gold loss on the rim. A beautiful piece.