This is a pair of 19th century French faience, or soft paste porcelain, vases. The age is circa 1850, maybe earlier, maybe later.
The vases are 8 5/8” high and 4 ¼” wide.
The handles are serpentine, and appear to have a face underneath the gold gild on the bottom ends, facing out.
The base is round, the body is ovoid with a tapered neck. The rim flares outward. Under the rim, there is a raised design of descending leaves, covered in gold gild. The same design of leaves in gold is repeated towards the bottom of the vases. The base has wide gold borders, and the mouths are trimmed in the same bright gleaming gold.
The glaze is a rich, deep cobalt blue. The glaze extends down almost half way on the inside of each vase.
On each vase are painted in enamel highly detailed flying insects, bugs and butterflies. The insects are quite beautiful, and the art work is magnificent. The colors used are white, blue, yellow, pink and green. There is a gold overlay patterns of leaves and blossoms, along with some gold insects and butterflies.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is a separation line in the glaze inside the mouth of one vase, which I show in a photo. There are a few light scratches in the cobalt glaze. There is a little bit of gold wear.
There are mold lines on the sides of each vase. The undersides of the vases are unglazed.
The vases are unmarked as to maker or region.
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