This is a very large French hard paste porcelain vase, Old Paris. It is 16" high, 11 ¼" from side-to-side, and 6" from front-to-back; the vase weighs 7.12 pounds. The date is the 19th century, circa 1870. The vase is direct from an Oregon estate.
The bottom has an impressed number of 333 and the initials "L.S.". The marks do not belong to La Seynie, or La Seinie, a maker of hard paste porcelain from 1774 to 1856 in another part of France. Instead, the marks are believed to belong to one of the hard paste porcelain makers of the mid-19th century near or in Paris.
The vase is on a large oval base, swirling to a trumpet shape on the left, with a bisque Parian girl seated on the right. In the front is a bisque Parian bird with wings stretched out, perched on the end of a long leaf. To the left of the bird the leaf opens out, tinted in shades of lavender. Around the trumpet climbs a branch with white and gold flowers. The trumpet part of the vase is green shading to white, with a large leaf shaped mouth.
There is age wear on the gold trim, mostly around the base and the rim. The inside has a crack in the glaze on the interior bottom on the side, too deep to take a photo, an age flaw that is in the glaze, not the porcelain. There are a few crazing lines in the glaze on the underside of the vase. The left hand on the bisque girl has a separation in the biscuit porcelain over a few of the fingers, which is an age-related flaw, not a repair, and I point to the flaw in a close-up photo with a red arrow. There are firing marks in the glaze due to being fired in a wood burning oven. There are a few spots of missing color on the green, and there is fading of the gold overlay on the green. There is some estate residue still remaining in the bottom of the vase. The vase was used by the former owner to hold a large bouquet of dried flowers.
Usually the old porcelain pieces with parts of it being figural bisque show damage. This piece has no damage or repairs, just age wear to the gold trim and the line on the girl's hand.
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