An exceptionally fine examples of a Pair of Crown Derby lidded Vases or Urns of medium proportions and museum quality, complete with original lobed finial covers, exquisitely painted by renowned porcelain Artist Antonin Boullemier, last quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
Each oviform body hand painted depicting a winged Cherub standing on a doorway, each reverse decorated with colourful Forget-me-knots flowers within raised shield shaped gilt frames flanked by moulded laurel swags and lavish gilt long handles
Condition: Exceptional condition for such early pieces, no evidence of restoration or losses. Base marks of Derby, crossed swords above a crown in dark blue. Both pieces signed with initial “B” at reverse, see images.
Width: 5” (12.75cm). Height: 10.25" (26cm). Depth: 3.75" (9.5cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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Provenance: Retailed by Stafford C. Lorie. 13a New Bond Street, London
Antonin Hilaire Boullemier (1839-1900) was the son of a Sevres Paris artist who studied painting and music in Paris. Following the Siege of Paris in which he was involved, Antonin fled to England, joining Minton in 1872. He became one of Minton's highest-paid artists, earning £400 a year. During the 1890s following a disagreement with Leon Arnoux, Boullemier chose a freelance path, working for Minton, Coalport, Derby and other Staffordshire makers while also producing his distinctive watercolours and figure-paintings on tiles. For more details see David Manchip, Encyclopaedia of British Ceramic Painters (2008), pp.66-67