Hand-Painted Marked Ceramics

Continental Portrait Vase, Continental, probably French, 19th century. A porcelain vase, possibly by Paris Porcelain, having maroon ground with hand-painted portrait of a woman

p4A ItemID F7962804
PAIR OF VIENNA STYLE PORCELAIN COVERED URNS, each adorned with a hand-painted lady's portrait and gilt decoration on pink ground

p4A ItemID F7961677
VIENNA STYLE PORCELAIN PORTRAIT VASE, hand-painted portrait of a young woman in a bonnet and dress with gilded and turquoise accents on white ground

p4A ItemID F7961676
Meissen Bird, German, 19th century, hand painted bird with black wings

p4A ItemID F7960135

Ceramics Marked Hand-Painted

Caution should be exercised in evaluating ceramics marked “hand-painted”. A standard nineteenth century practice, and on in to the twentieth century, was to decorate china and other porcelains with transfers, adding a few minor brushstrokes and marking the piece “hand-painted” thus gaining prestige and premium prices. Genuinely hand-painted porcelains are seldom marked as such. Their hand-painted decoration is apparent from brush-strokes, the irregular borders of decorative elements and use of a wide variety of colors, hues and shading.

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