This is an elegant but simple Limoges footed bud vase. The feet and rim are painted gold-leaf while the body is a swirl pattern almost like that of Formica. It stands about 31/2 inches tall and 4 inches wide. Certainly a interesting collectors piece, a fancy pen holder, or yes, even a bud vase.
The Limoges porcelain sought by collectors today was produced by a number of factories in the Limoges region of France from the late 1700s until around 1930. Production did not cease in 1930, however. This arbitrary cutoff date simply denotes a change in the global economy when styles changed from very elaborate to more basic in design. At one point in the 1920s, as many as 48 companies were producing wares marked Limoges, according to ceramics expert Mary Frank Gaston in The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Limoges. These pieces were not only marked denoting their origin in France, but many pieces had a number of different back or bottom stamps including factory marks, decorating marks, and some had signatures indicating the individual who decorated each piece as well.
Full Disclosure: This is in excellent condition with no signs of wear, cracks, or defects.