Antique 1850's French Old Paris Porcelain Vase w/ Gallant Scene
Old Paris Porcelain (Vieux Paris Porcelaine) is a generic term for the ornamental china produced by at least thirty manufacturers located within the city of Paris from the mid 1700's until about 1880, or the end of the Second Empire. It's a generic term, because most of it had no factory mark, and it's almost impossible to attribute pieces to individual makers. The vase has a beautifully hand painted picture of a gallant with his bicorne hat, chatting up the fair maiden, which is distinctly French. Measures 10.5 inches high and 4.25 inches wide. It's an amazingly skillful piece with lots of layers of detail. This piece was given an appraisal of $750.