This is a beautiful 19th century French hard paste porcelain vase. The porcelain maker is in Paris, Jules Vialatte, with a small factory on the Rue de la Boule-Rouge. The age is circa 1870.
The vase is 11 5/8" high, 7" long and 5" wide.
The side handles are applied heads of Bacchus, and covered in gold gild.
The color of the ground is what is known as a "Sevres Blue" or "Beau Bleu", and it is a bright vivid color.
The vase is entirely professionally painted over a white glaze by a French artist. The vase is unsigned as to the artist. On the front there are two colorful birds, perched among greenery and flowers. Part of the glaze behind the birds is slightly yellow, which may be intentional or a yellowing process of the glaze. The birds are painted in yellow, purple, brown, black, gray, red, blue and green. The flowers are orange, red and yellow. The leaves and stems are green and gray. On the neck are painted more beautiful flowers and leaves.
The back side of the vase has more beautiful flowers, including some blue and pinkish purple flowers that look like morning glories, or perhaps pansies. The neck also shows more flowers and leaves.
There are gold patterns around the upper and lower neck, and circling the upper and lower part of the belly of the vase. There is bright gleaming gold rimming the edges, and another pattern around the inside of the mouth.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is some slight gold loss on the Bacchus heads. There are a few glazing dimples; there is a small one on the underside of the mouth rim, another one on the neck and a few more scattered around the top of the belly and the foot. The dimples are normal for old porcelain from this time period because it is part of the production process.
The quality of porcelain is similar to the highest level of French Limoges or Sevres porcelain; it is not the heavier porcelain that one equates with "Old Paris."
The mark on the underside is an incised capital "V." In 1876 the maker registered the mark in a printed form. This is the earlier incised mark, made before 1876. The mark sometimes gets confused with Valin, a Limoges maker.
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