This is a French hard paste porcelain vase from the region of Paris. The date is the 19th century, circa 1850 to 1870.
The vase has more length than width. It is 6 3/8" high, 6 ½" long at the mouth and 3 ¼" wide at the mouth.
The blank of the vase has a rim with an irregular scallop. There are fancy raised designs in the porcelain, trimmed in gold, that frame the artist painted scene on the front of the vase. The sides and base of the vase are colored with blue and pink grounds over the white glaze. On the back of the vase the artist painted a nosegay of flowers over the white glaze, and framed the blossoms with curlicue lines of wavy gold.
The courtship scene is of a young man and lady, resting in the meadow near woods after gathering a basket of wildflowers. The artist's signature is on the bottom right of the scene.
The interior of the vase is glaze white. The underside well of the vase is also glazed white, with the flat foot rest unglazed.
There is an indented chip on the inside of the bottom foot rest that was glazed at the factory. There are no other chips, cracks or crazing.
Inside the bottom well there are over-the-glaze writings. JP in blue is written over some words in yellow. JP does not mean Jacob Petit as his blue mark was under the glaze and the age is different.
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