This lovely porcelain tankard mug, circa 1900, is decorated with the images of two gorgeous ladies within a large oval cartouche. The one lady has long blond curls and is attired in a white and emerald gown, the other lady has shorter black hair and is attired in a blue shirt with lavender top. They are surrounded by bushes of lavender rose blossoms and red/orange California poppy flowers. The remainder of the mug is decorated with soft green bands against a creamy background with delicate gold tracery and floral designs. The decoration is a transfer design with some hand-painted white highlights.
The mug measures 6 1/4" in height, 3 7/8" across the base and 2 7/8" across the top. The mug is stamped in green with a crown and double-shield mark "Vienna Austria" which was used by four different New York importers, circa 1890-1908. The "Imperial Crown China, Austria" back-stamp was the mark of Bawo and Dotter who basically decorated blanks at their studio in Fischern which was then in a region known as Bohemia now called Rybáře, Carlsbad in the Czech Republic. However, their main office was in New York and they also had a decorating plant in Limoges. They were founded 1883 operated until 1914. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Lovely.
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