WOW, this one is a beauty and definitely catches your eye! The black background, which covers most on most of this piece, is done in a flat or 'bisque' non-glossy surface called 'VELLUM' which, in this instance, adds to the elegance to this masterful work of art. Around the neck of this piece the artist has applied a wide band of gold with a deeper gold on each side giving the impression of branches. He has painted beautiful purple grapes, vines and leaves throughout the front of the wide golden band. Upon the vines he has two colorful love birds perched amongst the grapes and leaves. The artist has painted a white wispy ''naughty bird'' stroke by the bird's tail, at first this looks like a flaw but it has been intentionally done. This vase has a square gadrooned trimmed base painted in gold and also a golden rim. The artist "Lura Rogers" has taken pride in her artwork and signed the bottom of this lovely piece. This is very similar to the Pickard style of black and gold design and I was truly surprised not to find the artist name in the Pickard reference books. There are no hairlines or cracks; manufacturing anomalies do exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Backstamp: Crown, H & Co over Selb Bavaria
Measures: 13 ½" H x 5½" W
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