Posts

Showing posts from January, 2019

Limoges Bowl and Plate | Mandavy de Mavaleix | Hand Painted by Barathé

Image
Antique items$120.00Free USA Shipping This gorgeous matching bowl and plate were made in the Limoges region of France by the firm of Mandavy de Mavaleix, owned by Léon Mandavy and Paul Maurice de Mavaleix, in the years 1908 to 1920. They were known in French as a 'Fabricant décorateur,' both manufacturing and decorating the china, although they did sell their blanks for other artists to paint. These pieces, which are in the "Old Abbey" body style, were decorated "in house" and signed by their artist Barathé on the faces of both. The rims are edged in the customary gilding; the vivid, beautifully painted Emperor tulips, both open and closed, are splashed on a shaded green background and framed with their leaves.

The bowl measures 10 inches across from pierced handle to pierced handle and 8 3/4 inches in diameter not including them. It stands 2 1/4 inches tall and weighs a bit over a pound. It's stamped on back in green "Old Abbey" and "Lim…

Bing and Grøndahl Coffee Pot #91B

Image
OverviewAntique ItemFree USA ShippingBing and Grøndahl was a Danish ceramics manufacturer founded in 1853, famous for their fine porcelains. This coffee pot is a lovely example of their artistry, decorated in their Traditional Blue design with sprigs of berries and flowers in cobalt blue on pure white. The charming lid finial and the handle are molded in the form of seahorses and there are molded "fish scales" on the lid and the base. The lid goes on just one way, which locks it into place for safety. The spout is fluted and has a tiny hole, both of which are designed to prevent dripping when pouring. The printed green mark on the bottom was used from 1962 to 1970 and consists of three towers which are derived from the Coat of Arms of Copenhagen. Beneath those is the word "Kjøbenhavn," the Danish word for their capital city of Copenhagen, followed by the word DENMARK and the model number 91B, used by B & G with various patterns. This pattern plays well with oth…

Bristol Glass Botanical Art Antique Vase

Image
Hand blown in the late Victorian era, circa 1880, this tall, semi-opaque glass vase is known as Bristol glass. Bristol was an important glassmaking center in England in the 1700's and 1800's, and although this vase is a distant relative of the painted milk glass made there, collectors have nevertheless adopted the name. The piece was probably made in Bohemia, known for the fine quality and large quantity of their glass that was exported to America. 

One of the reasons Bristol glass is appreciated is for the delicate hand enameled decorations, some of which are simple and amateurish. The more desirable and valuable pieces, like this vase, are skillfully and complexly painted, like miniature works of art. This vase is also gilded, both with bands around the mouth rim and below it, the neck and base and also as fern fronds among the flowers. The flowers are lovely, realistically painted in the predominant colors of blue, white, brown and green on the face of the vase. On the rever…