Date: ca. 1885-1920
A fabulously decorative large gourd-shaped vase with a décor imitating Persian ceramic motifs. The blue, green and red hand-painted floral enamel decorations are found on a white ground. The upper and lower part of the gourd shape are divided by a pattern frieze. Two friezes also adorn the foot and upper rim.
The maker’s mark on the base indicates B.F.K., which stands for Boch Freres Keramis (later became ‘Royal Boch’. This company was founded in 1841 in La Louvière, Belgium, in 1841 and had it’s heyday in the Art Deco period whe it was run by the renowned Charles Catteau. This vase was probably decorated by Ernest Tondeur who specialized in the making of what he called ‘Arab Vases’ in the Iznik decorative style. This ‘BFK’ mark was used before 1920 and E. Tondeur started work for the factory in 1885. Other marks are ‘69’, 99II LD and 99R28.
Condition: Very Good. No visible damage or chips anywhere; the rim and foot are impeccable. Upon very close inspection, there is a hairline crack in the glaze in the ‘waist’ (see photo); it is not visible unless pointed out. There are two paint smudges (production flaw) which is not uncommon for hand-painted wares.
Item cost: 135 €
Shipment costs & info:
This item will be shipped via private courier from Belgium. I can ship to most countries so if your country is not listed here, please contact me for a quote.
Within Belgium (via post.be): 7,00 €
To France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands: 17 €
To the UK: 25,00 €
Rest of European Union: 34 €
You may also pick up the item yourself (in Genval, Belgium) if convenient for you.