This is a French Paris porcelain vase, artist hand painted at the studio Georges Bastard had in Paris from 1912 to 1937, and painted by Bastard's premiere artist, E. Margerie. The date of the vase will be in the 1920s, when Margerie was most active with the studio, so circa 1925.
There are light glares in the photos that show as white spots. It is very difficult to photograph the color black as it will reflect light easily.
What I love about this vase is that it is French, painted by a well known and acclaimed artist, and the painting is of an American Indian chief with his woman, or wife, huddling over a campfire, with just a bit of light from the fire to light up the inky night around them. This vase can sit in any house in the Southwest, like Santa Fe or Taos, guests inside the house will assume the vase is native art, and the secret is that it is fine French porcelain, and painted by a famous French artist. Ha!
Bastard used mostly porcelain from the porcelain factories around Paris. The vase is 9 ½" high, 8 ½" long at the belly, and 4" wide at the belly.
The ground is black. The painting is on front of the vase and the artist's signature is below and to the right of the native American woman. The ground fades to a light gray to show how the fire emits a light, with a long tendril of smoke coming up from the flames. The inside of the vase and the bottom are glazed white. The rim of the mouth and the edge of the foot are trimmed in gold.
The artist painted the Indian scene in colors of yellow, orange, red and black, with a few strokes of lavender or pale gray.
Georges Bastard was an acclaimed artist, active in the Paris art scene, and exhibited at the expositions. Some of his work is on display in museums today. The artist, Margerie, is best known for creating figural liqueur bottles of a humorous nature based on types of athletes as a way to compete against Robj.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There are a few light scratches on the black ground and a few pinprick size areas of color loss, difficult to see, or not noticeable.
The studio mark on the underside is the black duck with Bastard above and Paris below. The maker of the porcelain is unknown, but will be one of the fine porcelain makers in the Paris or Limoges regions.
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