This French Old Paris hard paste porcelain vase is quite large. It is 17" high, 13" from side-to-side, 6" from front-to-back, and it weighs 11.6 pounds. The date is the 19th century, circa 1870. The vase is direct from an Oregon estate where it was displayed on a side table in the front hall, holding a bouquet of dried flowers.
The vase is all one blank, extremely fancy and ornate. The shape is one of a round lower belly on a large round foot tapering into a long neck with a crimped mouth that has leaf-like edges. On each side are curled leaves and the side profile of a ram or goat's head. The sides and front have open leaves colored red or blue. On the side there is a long part that goes up to meet the curled down rim. Below the mouth on the front are reticulated holes. It is hard to describe as there is so much detail of the porcelain, so please look at the photos.
On the front is hand painted a beautiful and colorful nosegay of large roses and other blossoms and flowers, along with leaves and stems, all in pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, purple and green. The porcelain is raised around the painting of the flowers and had gold trim. Gold stars and other designs are painted on the neck. There is a lot of gold elsewhere on the vase.
The back of the vase is glazed white. At one time there may have been a family crest in gold overlay, seen faintly under a strong light, but not visible in a photo, or it might be my imagination. Otherwise, the back of the vase is white.
There is only wear to the gold, most noticeably on the edges of the rim and around the foot, but elsewhere also as this is an old vase that was used and not stored. There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. The edges of all of the leaves are smooth, no bits have broken off.
The vase is unmarked as to the maker, just one of those squiggle marks incised into the porcelain that the Paris porcelain makers made during this time period.
Be sure to look in my shop for more 19th century French porcelain.