Hand painted china is so beautiful no matter if done in a factory, professional decorating studio or in a small home-studio environment. The overall quality of the piece is what really matters. This wonderful agricultural design tankard stein, circa 1900, was expertly decorated in a home-studio environment and signed and dated by the artist "Tom 1906".
The unique subject matter and professional execution of this stein/mug is exceptional. On the front are three golden yellow ears of corn suspended from light to medium green husks; on the back side is a single ear of corn. The blended background colors are soft pastel yellow, tan and rich brown, with dark brown rim, creating a connection between the golden ears of corn and mother earth from which they came. The stein measures 5 1/2" in height, 3" across the top and 4" across the base. The porcelain blank is stamped "T & V Limoges France", circa 1892-1907. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; mint and probably never used. One of a kind collectors piece. Agricultural inspired motifs are difficult to find.