A well decorated, marked and monogrammed hard paste porcelain compote. A band of peach ground with a finely detailed border of gilt decoration interspersed with green highlights and thin red lines surround the base and the top rim both on the inside and outside. In the center is a hand painted bouquet of blue/purple flowers (probably Anemone) with a hovering moth. The monogram, difficult to read other than the “R,” is painted on two sides of the stem. The maroon printed mark, “Ch. PILLIVUYT & Cie/PARIS/EXP 1867/MEDAILLE D’OR” is printed in an oval under the base. Charles Pillivuyt was a well established porcelain manufacturer. He won the gold medal in 1867, as is mentioned in his mark. A later mark adds another medal in 1878, so it is likely that this piece was made sometime between the two dates. Height 5 ½ inches (14 cm) and diameter 8 7/8 inches (22.5 cm)
Condition: No chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. There is light wear to the gilding on the rim and on the base, otherwise there is no damage.
The sophisticated decorative motifs, excellent painting, and a monogram show that this was very high quality and fashionable porcelain.