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Antique Nineteenth Century French Apothecary Jar, "Beaume Nerval"
A finely detailed porcelain apothecary jar, it was produced by the "verrerie" of G. Durif, in St. Etienne, France (Loire). It dates from 1900.
The Latin words "Beaume Nerval" are surrounded by colorful hand painted flowers (foxglove and poppies). A river and sandy shore float beneath the words. The flower details are lovely, and the colors are fresh, using shades of rose pink, orange, French green, French blue and sienna brown. Gold leaf bands accent the jar and the lid.
The jar has the stamp of Durif, a workshop in the Loire are of France which produced both porcelain and glass products.
The jar is tall, measuring 11". The bottom circumference is 4 3/4". The lid has a tiered knob placed on a wide top which tapers down to the 4 3/4" size.
The jar remains in very good condition. There are no visible cracks, chips or repairs. The painted design remains bright with no fading. There is some wear to the gold leaf bands, typical with use and age.