We have a large and magnificent antique porcelain centerpiece bowl that bears the authentic trade mark of P.H. Leonard, Vienna, Austria. Leonard was a New York importer well known for importing high quality Bohemian, Austrian and French porcelain during the last quarter of the 19th century. It appears that the P.H. Leonard firm went bankrupt sometime between 1898 and 1902 - - numerous reports provide conflicting information. This stunning antique porcelain centerpiece bowl, which is signed by the artist, has a background of soft fall shades, with a lovely foreground of fall leaves, branches and currants. The feet and rim of the antique porcelain bowl are scalloped, and the bowl has high, arcing handles on either end. The rim and handles of the antique porcelain bowl are gilded, and there is some minor gold loss visible on the handles. The antique porcelain centerpiece bowl is in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, abrasions, crackling or discoloring. The interior of the antique porcelain bowl is spotlessly clean, with a slight lustre finish. (Frankly, we suspect that the wear to the gold handles occurred over time when the bowl was taken from its shelf to dust.) From end to end, the antique porcelain bowl measures 15" in length, and measures approximately 7-1/2" at its widest point.
This antique porcelain bowl, used as a centerpiece, would amp up the wattage of any table for any occasion, and would be an essential addition to any porcelain collection. Whether this is ultimately acquired for or by a collector, or just because it is beautiful, this antique porcelain centerpiece bowl will lend grace and elegance to its surroundings!