Posted 5 years ago
I just purchased this gorgeous (!) 14 inch tall Villeroy & Boch Mettlach Art Nouveau stoneware vase, and am actually a bit concerned that it is in such "mint" condition! The date code ("06" is stamped just outside the image on the bottom right of scan #4 is for 1906), and I was wondering if anyone could educate me about possible later reproductions being out there on the market? Hopefully not, because I paid $700 for this beauty, but although it IS possible that this vase was treated with exceptional care all these years (because it was expensive back in the day too, and people used to place such objects on doilys to protect from scratching them and/or the furniture), I'm amazed that there's no apparent wear on the bottom. It IS in "mint" condition just as the seller described it, but I would like to be certain that no later reproductions were ever produced.
The only two other examples I've ever seen ALSO appeared to be in "mint" condition, although a picture of the bottom was not shown. One is in the collection of the Kirkland museum in Denver, and the other was auctioned in Germany back in 2005 (where it sold for 600 Euros + premium, which is about $1,200).
I would REALLY appreciate hearing from someone who knows more about this subject that I do (which is precious little).
Thanks in advance for any advice you may be able to provide!