This is a remarkable and beautiful French Limoges hard paste porcelain vase. The maker is Jean Pouyat. The date is circa 1891 to 1932, and more likely in the 1890s because of the style of decoration.
The vase is 10” high, 6 ½” long and 3 ½” wide.
The shape is one of an oval body with a long slender neck, a small leaf shaped mouth and two twisted handles.
The ground of the body is off-white. Over the ground, in raised gold enamel of various hues and colors, are hand painted flowers and leaves. The back side has grass seeds on long stems with leaves painted in bright raised gold enamel.
The handles and the base are painted in a gold shade that mimics a dark bronze color.
At the base of the neck is a bright band of gold.
The neck has flowers petals that are in shades of gray and white and appear to be a glaze, along with green leaves. The petals are surrounded with lines of raised gold, and middles are yellow with raised gold dots. The leaves are surrounded by raised gold also, with raised gold to depict the veins of the leaves.
The outside of the mouth is painted in gold lines to accent the shape of the blank. The base also has a raised shape.
The inside and the bottom are glazed white.
The green maker’s mark is J.P. underscored by L. followed by the word France.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There are some small areas on the neck where pieces of raised gold are missing due to handling over the years. There is some shading on the ground around some of the leaves that is due to the decorating process.
The vase is studio decorated, most likely in Limoges or Paris. I could not find an artist’s signature.