This is a 19th century French earthenware or pottery jug, beautifully shaped, uniquely glazed and with an exceptionally executed hand enameled or hand painted bird design. The date is circa 1890.
The jug, pitcher or vase is 8 3/4" high, and 3 ¾" wide though the body. The sides are rounded. There is a short neck and a solid attached handle. The bottom is squared with a round smooth pontil type of indentation.
The photos don't show the glaze adequately. The jug looks and feels like glass, but it is an exceptional glaze, a deep Forest Green, with something uniquely part of the glaze that makes the green glaze sparkle, glimmer and gleam in the light.
The hand enameled design on the front of the jug shows a long brown branch with a songbird perched for flight and below there is a bird's nest with three eggs. There are leaves and berries. On the left side of the jug is a dragonfly with wings of blue. The painting is connected with thin lines of fine gold.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. Inside the neck there is a glaze skip that I point to in one photo, and here is where one says, oh my, this isn't glass but an artisan glaze as the glaze skip shows there to be pottery under the glaze.
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