We are offering yet another a stunning example of early 20th century hand painted Limoges vintage porcelain from the Jean Pouyat Studio! Our large and beautiful Jean Pouyat Limoges Vintage Porcelain Grape Design Roman Gold Tankard With Dragon Handle is painted with a stunning design of grapes on the vine, the leaves just beginning to turn from the first cool nights of early autumn. This hefty Jean Pouyat Limoges Vintage Porcelain Grape Design Roman Gold Tankard With Dragon Handle measures a full 15" in height from its base to the tallest point on the spout, stands on a base that is 5-3/4" in diameter and is adorned with a massive handle in the shape of a menacing dragon shining with Roman gold. Our Jean Pouyat Limoges Vintage Porcelain Grape Design Roman Gold Tankard With Dragon Handle bears the Jean Pouyat Factory underglaze mark 5 (circa 1891- 1932) and is in excellent condition with no nicks, cracks, chips or abrasions. The only issue we can identify is that the gilding on this Jean Pouyat Limoges Vintage Porcelain Grape Design Roman Gold Tankard With Dragon Handle is partially worn from the top rim of the tankard and from areas of the dragon handle where it was grabbed over the decades. This Jean Pouyat Limoges Vintage Porcelain Grape Design Roman Gold Tankard With Dragon Handle is absolutely gorgeous -- a prime example of the high artistry of the Jean Pouyat studios -- and will steal center stage in your curio cabinet or on your table. A must-have for the serious Pouyat or Limoges collector!
BRIEF HISTORY: The Pouyat family had a long history in pottery and porcelain. Pierre Pouyat established a faience manufacturing company at Saint-Yrieix around 1760. His son, Francois Pouyat (1752 - 1838) also had an interest in the pottery business as he owned clay deposits and clay works in the Haute-Vienne region. From 1795 to 1800, Francois became a partner with Laurentius Russinger in Manufacture de la Courtille, a hard paste manufaturing business at the Locre factory in Paris. In 1800, Francois emerged as the sole owner of La Courtille, and his sons, Leonard and Jean-Baptiste joined him in operating the factory. In 1816, the two Pouyat brothers formed a partnership with the owner of a factory in Fours to produce porcelain for decoration in Paris. They bought the factory in 1820, and Leonard Pouyat directed operations until his death 1845. The Fours factory continued in production until 1865.
The Locre factory (in Paris) was sold in 1823, but Jean-Baptiste Pouyat remained in Paris for a time as head of sales. However, Pére Francois Pouyat was not yet finished in the porcelain business. He opened a small factory in Limoges in 1832, and then in 1835 he bought a clay works and porcelain workshop established in Saint-Leonard, near Limoges. Jean-Baptiste joined his father at this operation and in 1840 succeeded him as head of operations. Jean-Baptiste enlarged the Limoges factory around 1844, employing 127 workers. This factory made porcelain of exceptional whiteness and even texture. The pieces decorated at the factory were renowned for their artistry and elegance. P. Comolera, a modeller, provided designs for Pouyat for over 20 years. Jean Baptiste Pouyat was succeeded by his sons Emile (1806-92), Louis (b 1809) and Leonard-Eugene (1817-76). Emile trained at the Locre factory (Paris) and was head of the Limoges factory from 1849 to 1883. W. Guerin bought the Pouyat Limoges factory in 1911.