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This finely detailed hand painted French porcelain apothecary jar was produced by the factory of G. Durif, in St. Etienne, France (Loire). It dates from 1900.
The jar is large, measuring 11" tall (to the top of the lid) and 4 3/4 wide in circumference. The glass factory or "verrerie" of G. Durif produced many items during this period, both of glass and porcelain.
A beautifully colorful hand painted design of foxglove flowers and poppies frames the Latin words "Pom: Concom:. The design includes what appears to be a river or stream and a sandy shore. There is banding of gold leaf both on the jar and on the lid. The lid has a large tiered knob and a wide band which tapers inward to the 4 3/4" wide jar circumference. The mark of the factory is found on the bottom of the jar.
It is in very good condition. There are no visible cracks or repairs. The inside of the lip of the jar has one "flea bite" chip but otherwise in is good condition. There is wear to the gold leaf banding. The painted design is in fabulous condition, retaining the original brilliant colors.
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Antique Nineteenth Century French Apothecary Jar
Fine French Small Antiques; Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Antique Books, Napoleon III, Porte Montre, Cast Bronze