MZ Austria is the mark used by porcelain maker Moritz Zdekauer at his works in Altrohlau, Austria, from 1884 to 1909. This stunning pure white porcelain vase measures 15 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. It is lavishly decorated with hand painted daffodils and foliage on a sky blue ground. The artist's initials, JLS, are near the base, shown in one of our photos. The painted surfaces are matte, while the interior is gleaming. The swooping rim forms four "petals" and is painted in complementary colors, rather than gilded. The crowned two-headed eagle mark is printed in green on the bottom, along with an impressed stock number.
This vase weighs an impressive 5 1/2 pounds and is in absolutely pristine condition, with no chips, cracks and virtually no paint loss. Given its almost like-new condition, it has probably resided on a shelf or in a cabinet, undisturbed for over a century. It's truly a gorgeous vase for a collector or decorator to treasure.