Today we are thrilled to be offering for sale a truly palatial and regal 19th century porcelain vase, hand painted by artist L. Ernie! Literally museum quality, it was de-assessioned by the Peabody Museum in Massachusetts years ago and has been owned by our consignor till now. This stunning masterpiece of High French design and craftsmanship is truly breathtaking (you need to see it in person!). Expertly and intricately molded of soft paste in an urn shape, this vase was a Limoges blank piece (think of it as a canvas) that artist L. Ernie hand-painted and hand-polychromed. Although there is no biography available for L. Ernie, this rather obscure but obviously highly skilled and talent artist nonetheless produced a high amount of intricate and beautiful masterpieces of hand-painted porcelain, as evidenced by other works of his sold by highly reputable auction houses in US and Europe. This large, palace-sized vase was no doubt commissioned for a wealthy patron and was most likely in a grand drawing room in Paris or London, before making its’ way to Rhode Island, where it resided in a stately local home for many years. The vase is beautifully painted in a lush and floral Art Nouveau style. The pale amethyst background creates the perfect backdrop for a vibrant mix of colors and gilding. The border at the rim features a geometrical and floral design picked out in gilding. The body of the vase features brightly and vividly-colored royal and peacock blue irises, intertwined with pale magenta daisies, and and purple and lemon yellow camelias. The piece features the perfect equilibrium of heft and size and delicacy and lightness. The serene and feminine colors counterbalance the weight and massiveness of the vase. A most special piece indeed. This spectacular vase presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with very minor display wear and patina commensurate with age. There is light crazing to porcelain. There are a few very minor losses to gilding and finish in a few small scattered areas. There is a scuff/scratch near the artist’s signature. Most importantly, there are no chips, cracks or restorations. The base was cold-painted a long time ago, most likely when the piece was mounted on a long-gone ormolu base; there is minor scuffing to base where mount once was. This masterpiece of Haute French craftsmanship is ready to be used and enjoyed! An absolute conversation piece that would look incredible in a modern interior as well as an antique one. Bring palatial, old Gilded age grandeur to any room in your home or business with this masterpiece. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: Height: 21-3/4″ Diameter (at widest point): approx. 13-1/2″ Diameter of base: 7-5/8″ Diameter of mouth: 9-1/4″
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