Posted 3 years ago
This beautiful piece is a rescue, another incredible antique that was converted to a lamp along the way (with lamp-parts removed by us). The urn-shaped vase stands 21 inches tall and has a high gloss dark blue glaze (cobalt), reminiscent of some Sèvres style pottery. Sadly, someone likely pulled off metal ormolu at some point, as can be seen by various small glaze skips throughout with geometric spacing. The bottom is marked (glazed in turquoise) E G in an Oval with a diamond and additional motif above, along with a mold number.
Our main draw to the piece was the impressive convex Limoges painted enamel plaque, presumably executed on copper. Despite some damage, the profile of the Renaissance woman draws the eye and displays rich detail and luminescent colors, unique to the Limoges School (post-1840 revival; per Erika Speel, Dictionary of Enamelling: History and Techniques, pp. 90-93).
Any help with identification of the pottery would be greatly appreciated... Based on below observations by mp.kunst and additional research, we have amended the title to reference that Galle Pottery (Emile Galle) may be the maker of this piece (see below links).