This is an English vase. The composition is a soft-paste porcelain or perhaps a pottery, and most likely from the Stourbridge region. The date is circa 1880.
The vase is 7 3/8” high, 9” long and 2 3/8” wide; the shape has a rectangular mouth and is longer than wide, with a rectangle foot.
The ground or glaze is a vivid blue and decorated in the Japonisme style, meaning the artists in this time period were emulating Japanese styles of painting glass, porcelain and pottery.
On the front is a song bird looking up, perched on a branch, and surrounded by beautiful dogwood blossoms painted in white with yellow middles. There are gold thorny vines painted in raised gold with flowers and leaves. On the front right are two insets, one is red and other is yellow. The red inset has two butterflies in raised gold, along with some foliage. The gold vines trail around to each side of the vase. On the back side there is a spray of grassy leaves with two beautiful butterflies hovering.
When you zoom in you will see that the quality of the painting is quite high, and the artist was obviously a professional.
The rim and foot are trimmed in gold. There is wear to the gold trim due to age and handling, and the blue ground has a few light scratches.
On the left side of the mouth, there is a dark line that is under the glaze and under the original gold paint. The line is visible but it cannot be felt with the fingers and it does not extend to the other side; it is not a crack, but an age line.
There are no other chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. The bottom of the vase shows a lot of dirt and wear due to age.
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