This is a French porcelain vase, most likely produced and decorated from one of the porcelain companies around Paris, and also similar in style to the production and decoration of porcelain around Limoges. The date is the last part of the 19th century, circa 1890.
The artist is French and the vase was painted in France; the artist’s signature is on the front of the vase, towards the bottom and the signature is Lesieur. The vase is unmarked as to maker, though there is an incised line on the bottom that is indicative of a Paris porcelain maker.
The vase is about 9 3/8” high and about 5 ¼” wide at the widest part of the body.
The shape of the vase is cylindrical, tapering into a neck, and flaring out into a mouth. The neck has a blue ground, more of a royal blue in color. The rim of the mouth is trimmed in gold. The inside and the underside of the vase are glazed white. The bottom edge is unglazed.
The scenic landscape is beautifully painted, with two exotic birds in the foreground. The birds might be parrots or parakeets. The larger bird is mostly red, and the bird further back is yellow and green. The foliage is one of large leaves and flowers in vivid colors of purple, green, yellow, brown and gray. There are large white and yellow daisies to the right of the birds. The landscape circles the body of the vase entirely.
There are a few tiny indentations on the porcelain beneath the gold gild that is how the vase was produced. The gold trim shows some minor wear due to rubbing and age. There are a few light scratches on the ground and painting. There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
You can view similar vases in the two books by Regine de Plinval de Guillebon, “Faience et Porcelaine de Paris” and “Porcelain of Paris.”
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