This is one of the most Elegant pieces of Handpainted China I have ever seen. It was hand painted by Nellie Violet Thomas Scheinert who is my all time favorite porcelain artist beside Aulich. Nellie was born October 5 1868 in Lacon, Illinois and taught at the School of Arts and Crafts, Chicago IL. Nellie had her own studio at 139 Roosevelt Court, Aurora IL and painted many lovely pieces such as this during that time. Nellie was widowed young and made her living selling her porcelain and oil floral still life works of art. She taught art in Boulder, Colorado and eventually settled in California where she past away in Glendale on September 10, 1942.
Limoges pitcher is a magnificent example of the artist ability for design. Keep in mind that this is a Cider pitcher and a difficult piece to design. It is Superbly painted as only a Master Porcelain Artist can do. Nellie was a contemporary of Aulich, Bischoff and Franz in her Design and brushwork but her female side came through with all the delicate scroll work inside and outside the pitcher. Her roses are delicately layered in pinks and ruby's nestled in shades of green foliage. Beautiful gold ribbons entwine to wrap the delicate roses as if they were a gift. The fine white enamel artistry highlight the flowers on this piece exquisitely and Nellie's bold signature on bottom completes this museum quality piece.
The Limoges Cider pitcher stands 6.5 inches high at top of handle and 9.5 inches across from handle to spout. There are 15 inches of beautiful pink roses, leaves and scrollwork around cider pitcher. The gold is worn on top of handle as this cider pitcher was used in it's lifetime. How elegant to serve with this piece.
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