This is a French hard paste porcelain round powder or dresser box, hand painted at a decorating studio. The maker is Charles Pillivuyt and the region is Mehun. The date is the first part of the 20th century, circa 1900 to 1930.
The round box is 2 ½" high and 4 5/8" wide. The lid comes off and is not hinged to the bottom.
The blank has slim vertical ridges.
The hand painting is done in gold, red, blue and green over the glaze. The design is one of outlined flowers and outlined gold geometric shapes. The overall appearance is more masculine than feminine, and it might be the box was decorated for a male's dresser top.
The inside of the bottom and top are glazed, except where the two pieces rest against each other, and this area is bisque, or unglazed. The bottom is glazed with four foot rests.
The green underglaze mark is C.P. & Co. inside a box with Mehun above and France below. The studio decorating mark is over the glaze and looks like the number eight resting on its side with a line coming out of each end, or almost like a pair of reading glasses.
Charles Pillivuyt & Co has been in business since about 1853 and is still a success today. If you walk into a kitchen shop in Paris, you will see current Limoges for sale such as Haviland, and shelved right next to Pillivuyt, because the high quality is the same. What is unique about Pillivuyt is the company has a rich history of producing functional porcelain that is figural, like a covered casserole that is shaped like a duck.
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