This is a French Limoges hard paste porcelain vase. The maker of the porcelain is Tressemann & Vogt. The vase is hand painted outside of the factory by an artist, A.E. Campbell, and signed and dated on the front of the vase. The date is 1902.
The vase is squat and round, so that the portraits of the four young women are viewed from the top looking down. The vase is 4” high and 11” wide.
The ground is green. The portraits are painted in four different panels against a mottled green background, and each female is painted in shades of green with white. Between each panel are wide bands of raised gold with flowers and leaves in raised designs. More of the gold is around the neck and around the belly edge.
The mouth and rim are trimmed in gold and there is some wear to the gold here due to use and age.
The maker’s mark on the underside is T&V inside a box with France below.
Also marked on the underside in green are the initials M.H. and the name of the artist A.E. Campbell 1902. The initials of M.H. may represent the initials of the gilder as the gold work is quite elaborate and intricate.
I don’t think the vase is part of the Women’s Art Movement as the professional artistic quality is quite high, and typically there is no high end gilding work associated with work done by an amateur painter. I don’t know who A.E. Campbell is, but as you can see in the photos the artwork is very well executed. The artist’s monogram is signed onto the lower right of one panel, as seen in a photo, and shows as AEC 1902.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
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