This is a Stunning French Majolica choisy le - roi hippolyte Vase. It's in mint condition. It stands 10", the circumference of the vase is 30 1/2", the base is 4" and the opening is 5". Majolica (pronounced "mah-joll-ick-ah"), is a form of tin glazed earthenware its, it's modern history begins in 1851 when it was exhibited at London's Crystal Palace by Herbert Minton of Minton & Co. It actually was a reinvention or revival instead of a new creation of the Italian pottery known as "Maiolica", which itself was inspired by Moorish pottery imported from Valencia, Spain via the island of Majorca. The demand was so great after the exhibition that other European makers soon began production of their own lines of majolica. For the next 45 years no home's decor was complete without a variety of majolica center pieces, fish servers, planters or umbrella stands. This piece was made the faience factory of Choisy-le-Roi, France, which produced majolica from 1860 until 1910. The most common marking found on their wares is a black ink stamped "Choisy-le-Roi" with the large "B". The "HB" in the marking stands for Hippolyte Boulenger, a director at the pottery.