This is a French Limoges hand painted tankard, also called a jug or pitcher, and typically used as a vase to hold flowers. The maker of the hard paste porcelain is Tressemann & Vogt. The artist's signature and date are on the underside. The artist dated their work for the year 1889.
The tankard is 9 ¼" high and 4 3/8" wide at the bottom.
The shape has a long cylindrical body. Around the base are raised bumps in the porcelain and gilded in gold. The handle is sharply angled and gilded in gold. Around the neck is a ridge in the porcelain, also gilded in gold. The mouth is angled, with an upward sloping spout, similar to an ewer. Both sides of the mouth are brushed with gold, and there are more spots of brushed gold on the body.
The ground is ivory, similar to the Royal Worcester production from the same time period, and the hand painting is also done with the same painting techniques as Royal Worcester. The inside of the vase is glazed white and so is the bottom.
The artist painted pink to lavender, almost purple, fluffy chrysanthemums on the front of the pitcher with green leaves and long stems, outlined in gold. One yellow chrysanthemum curls around to the left. The back side shows a few more pink-to-lavender flowers.
There are no nicks, chips, cracks or crazing. There is some gold wear on the handle and the rim.
The green underglaze maker's mark is T&V inside a box. The artist's signature is hand enameled in gold over the glaze and reads as three initials, maybe C.A.E., though I am uncertain, and the date of 1889. I provide a close-up photo of the marks.
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