French Faience Vase, Rouen 1850 -1890, Peacocks and Flowers
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This gorgeous French vase was made of local terracotta clay in a tall trumpet shape with a crenellated upper rim. It was coated in the heavy, opaque white tin enamel that is typical of faience earthenware and then hand painted in classic polychrome Rouen décor, a bit more elaborate than many. The predominant colors are shades of yellow, blue and green with two main panels framed in blue striping topped with inverted fleur-de-lis. Each panel contains a stylized peacock surrounded by insects, flowers, foliage and ribbons. Many of the details are embossed so they stand out in raised relief.
This vase was made in the mid to late 1800's, circa 1840-1890. It's marked in blue on the bottom with the decorator's initials and "No. 35," (Nombre is French for the English word 'number' and they're both abbreviated the same way). The mark does not contain the word "France," or even the city of origin, indicating this vase dates before 1890, when country of origin marks were mandated by the U.S. for imports.
Standing 10 1/4 inches tall, with a four inch square base and measuring 5 1/2 inches across the mouth, this French earthenware piece weighs 2 pounds. It has lived a long, well loved and heavily used life, with the dings and chips to show for it. There is interior damage to one point of the upper rim, with a glaze chip on the other side of it. Two other points on that rim have small chips and there are many chips along the edge of the base. The upper interior has two fine hairlines, which are both stable and do not come through to the exterior. We have shown all of this in our photos and the price reflects the wear. As you can see, the vase displays well and because it holds water (we tested) fresh flowers can be used as well as dried or silk.
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