This is a large French Old Paris jardinière, hard paste porcelain, decorated in the Japonisme style. The age is 19th century, circa 1870 to 1880.
The footed jardinière or vase weighs a bit over 5 ½ pounds. It is 12 ½" long, 6" wide and 10" high.
The belly is oval, flaring into a wide neck. There are two curved side handles and four feet.
The ground is a bright blue, the color associated with the decorators of Paris and Sevres. The rim of the mouth is trimmed in gold, as are the handles and the feet.
The hand painted decoration is a combination of French and Japanese (or Asian) techniques. Over the ground are painted pink and white cherry blossoms, with strokes of gold, nestled on brown limbs with green leaves.
The front of the jardinière has two inset scenes. The center scene is a circle, and shows fish and other sea life swimming in the water. To the left is a banner inset of a black and gold butterfly, hovering over flowers, against a yellow ground.
On the back of the vase, the inset scene shows a water or marsh bird, white with a purple neck, searching for food next to a stream and foliage.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is wear to the gold on the mouth of the vase, and some modest rubbing wear on the handles and feet. The interior of the vase is glazed white and shows some firing imperfections, which are a few little bumps and dimples in the glaze.
There is an impressed maker's mark on the underside, but the blue ground has filled in the mark, and the mark is not readable under a magnifying glass.
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