An absolutely stunning pitcher, or tankard, hand painted by George Leykauf, the famed porcelain artist. Leykauf and his peers, Franz Bischoff and Franz B. Aulich, were the triumvirate of porcelain artists in the late 1800's into the early 1900's. These three artists often painted and socialized together. Can you imagine walking into that room?
This fabulous pitcher features red raspberries painted with the delicacy and depth that showcase Leykauf's understanding of nature. Fine gold tracery highlights the leaves and stems.
The color tends to a light burgundy, rather than red, as some of the flash photos may indicate. Soft, elegant and classy. The Limoges blank has six sides and has a slender and delicate presence. It measures about 6-1/4" across the base, and stands just over 13" to the top of the handle.
There is a hairline on the handle, about an inch above the base. Otherwise, the pitcher is in near mint condition, including the gold. Signed G. Leykauf.