I have for your consideration a German cider pitcher dating from the early 1900's. The pitcher is signed by the artist, Peter. This is a familiar mold and is usually found with one or another Limoges factory marks. Here, although not bearing one of the usual french back stamps, it is adorned with hand painted roses that would rival if not surpass those of the well known and listed French, German, or American artists that painted for the likes of Limoges, Pickard, or Belleek.
The cider pitcher stands 6.25" tall and 8.5" from spout to handle. It measures nearly 25" in circumference at its widest. The body of the pitcher is done in a pale creamy off white with sponging of greens, oranges, yellows and blues. The front of the pitcher is adorned with some of the most magnificent roses I have ever seen. There are two roses in vibrant hues of reds and pinks next to another large snow white rose with a deep yellow and golden orange center. Tufted sprigs of green foliage add contrast and make the roses pop against the splashes of blues and yellows. On the reverse side of the pitcher is another white rose with golden center and a soft baby pink rose with a dark raspberry pink middle. Here again the surrounding colors and the dark green foliage with brown tinge create a wonderful kaleidoscope of visual delight and vibrancy. The top mouth rim and spout area of the pitcher is finished in heavy gold raised gild forming a band of flourishes, beading, and swirls. The handle with its raised dots is also finished in heavy gold and together with the gold fret work around the rim give this pitcher an air of elegance and sophistication.
The cider pitcher is in great condition. There is no loss to the hand painted flowers. There are no scuffs or scratches. The gold is in excellent condition showing little or no wear. There are no cracks, flakes, flea bites, spiders or hairlines.
This lovely item could take its rightful place among any collection of Limoges, Pickard, or Belleek.