I am thrilled to offer for your consideration a very rare mold Limoges vase bearing the Delinieres Factory mark 3 (circa 1894). In all my years of collecting, this is the first time I have come across this particular mold and was excited at the prospect of presenting it to you. Flipping through my reference books, I note only one other example of this mold which appears on page 222 of Antique Trader by Debby DuBay. That vase is smaller than the one being offered here, measuring only 14" in height. Value in 2007 at the time Ms. DuBay published this book was $2,500.
This incredible vase stands 15.5" tall and is extremely heavy weighing nearly 15 pounds. It sits on a base 6.5" in diameter, measures 7" across at the mouth opening and 12.5" from handle to handle. So you can get a true sense of size, it is over 33" in circumference at its widest.
The whimsical touches and opulent gold nuances of this piece add volumes to the overall hand painted design. From the green mouth rim and base decorated with a gold gilded etched floral design, to the gold stringed spider webs and gold sponged inner mouth rim, this vase is all about extravagance. Add to this the pink opened mouth gold lion handles and it now rises to the level of phenomenal.
The background porcelain is a matte linen color which provides the perfect neutral but rich hued canvas on which the artist was able to direct full attention to their hand painted design which covers both the front and back of the vase and wraps around the sides surrounding the lion handles. On what I would consider the front of the vase, there is a large cluster of pink roses with white edges on the left side in front of the lion handle. The petals of these pink beauties are outlined in gold as are the striations adding movement, texture and depth. The roses tumble downward on brown woody thorned stems and sweep across the front of the vase. The roses and lion handles are surrounded by green and golden brown notched foliage also outlined in gold. To the right is an enormous gold spider web. On the other side, more pink roses edged in white and outlined in gold are executed in various stages of bloom. Some show off their undersides and their striations are pronounced with more gold embellishments. Scattered about are shimmering splashes of gold. Two golden spider webs adorn this side.
The lion handles are a magnificent compliment to the vase. They are bigger than one would find on most jardinieres measuring 5.5" tall and 5" across from ear to ear. The mouth opening is painted pink with the teeth and lip area a dark green. This wonderful variation appears to be original to the vase and makes this example even more appealing and unique.
The vase is in excellent condition. There are no cracks, chips, spiders (other than the webs) or hairlines. There is minimal wear to the gold on the base or mouth rim area. I see no loss to the painted roses or foliage. There is some gold and paint loss to the lion handles; one more so than the other.
This is, in my opinion, a wonderfully unique and rare mold that I doubt many are fortunate enough to have in their collection. It would make a fantastic addition and would stand out.