This petite Italian porcelain vase makes a very distinctive, colorful impression. The baluster shape is hand painted on all sides in green, pink, yellow and cobalt blue flowers, buds and leaves. The upper rim is oval and scalloped and both the upper and lower rims are striped in cobalt. It's all on a pure white background. On the base in the same cobalt blue the word "Porcellana" is printed underglaze with a blue swoosh underneath. (Porcellana is, of course, the Italian word for porcelain.)
The vase is 6 inches tall and the mouth is 2 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches. The neck swells gently down to a 3 1/4 inch wide belly with a round base that 's almost 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It's in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips, hairlines or paint loss.