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Blue Sèvres Style Pottery Urn with Limoges Enamel of Renaissance Woman, France, ca 1880-1900, Galle Pottery?

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    Posted 7 months ago

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    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).

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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 months ago
      Very nice piece!
    2. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      ho2cultcha, thanks much!

      Additionally, there is a fairly similar Limoges enamel plaque that can be seen here:
    3. mp.kunst mp.kunst, 7 months ago
      I didn't want to believe it at first but I find several ceramic pieces that are attributed to the Galle pottery, property of the father of Emile Galle the famous glass maker and from 1874 when his father stopped by Emile Gaule himself. Later when his glassware became famous, he quit the pottery.
      Me myself did not know that he also made ceramics.
      I'm glad I learned something new today.
    4. mp.kunst mp.kunst, 7 months ago
      That must be Galle and not Gaule
    5. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      mp.kunst, wow, I believe you are correct! All three with central Limoges enamel roundels of similar subjects and the pottery with similar glaze colors, dark blue top and aqua underneath.

      Thank you so much for your observations...this is not something we ever considered.
    6. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      The vases that were sold by Skinner appear to be currently for sale at the following link, lots of detailed pictures:
    7. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      Marking this "mystery solved," as a result of mp.kunst's observations and additional research. This piece seems to have been made by Galle Pottery.
    8. renedijkstra, 7 months ago
      well this mystery aint solved strange mouldnumber ?
    9. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      renedijkstra, thank you for your comment. Can you explain what is strange about the mold number?
    10. renedijkstra, 7 months ago
      this is a tough one , because its just a picture the d,or moulo is rather light , but that isnt the real problem , that good be age or high percentage of the zinc part of the aloid, the quality of the rounded medaillion is very good, wear on the bottom aint a problem
      the loss of d,or moulo will cost a considerable amount of value

      the real problem is the most pieces to get authorised must have E (fat dot) G rectangle under
      the problem this are extremely rare, there is not much to compare it with, most pieces got the tilted P on it , and some of it are signed your,way but not with a such high number

      well i trust the piece without a doubt this is before 1907 , might be 1885 or a few years later , the regular pieces are mostly 1880-1884
      this is a very good design and combination . with a very good medallion , personally i think this is a much better design than what they call the henkel vase
    11. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 7 months ago
      Great piece!!! and your Etsy link showed me the Framed Enamel Camille Faure my wife brought at a yard sale weeks ago. You solved the mystery for us!!! I will post it soon on CW!!
      Many Thanks!!
    12. mp.kunst mp.kunst, 7 months ago
      I wonder how much of the value is left now that there is a hole in the bottom.
    13. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      renedijkstra, thank you for your expertise, super helpful research, and comments!!!!
    14. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      yougottahavestuff, just saw the enamel piece by Camille Faure in the traditional Limoges style, super nice and incredible garage sale find!
    15. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 7 months ago
      mp.kunst, the large poorly drilled hole in the bottom is pretty bad! Probably worse is that they likely removed extensive ormolu from the entire piece.

      We found it fully wired with a massive lamp shade (so bad we asked the shop if they would keep it), and the pottery bottom had a wooden gold spray painted, hand-made base attached to it. Even so, we loved it because of the Limoges enamel medallion and rich cobalt glaze, making it a worthy rescue (and the cost was low). It's seemingly uncommon form might count for something.

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