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Vintage to Antique Porcelain Pitcher with Hand Painted Pansies Swan Head Handle and Gold Highlights 8.5″

$75.00

Vintage to antique porcelain pitcher with applied swan head handle and hand decorated with pansies and gold highlights.  The pitcher has a mostly square shape, wider at the base and narrowing towards the rim.  The interior of the pour spout has a built-in strainer, suitable for holding back loose tea leaves, muddled mint or fruit in a cocktail.  The thumb piece on the applied handle is in the shape of a flower; there are four wedge-shaped feet that elevate the pitcher off the table surface.  Raised horizontal lines embellish the first 5/8″ below the rim, ending in a Greek key at each side of the spout and handle.  The bottom is marked with a blue so-called “beehive” mark over the glaze, which in authentic Imperial and Royal Porcelain of Vienna is actually the “Vienna Porcelain Bindenschild,” a symbolic rendition of the center of the Coat-of-Arms of the Royal Habsburg–or Hapsburg–family of Austria.  The “bindenschild,” when viewed upside down, resembles a beehive and has come to be known as that.  This piece, however, is not a product of the Imperial and Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Vienna, which operated under the auspices of the Austrian royal family in the 19th century–most of those pieces reside in private collections and museums.  The pitcher offered here was likely manufactured by a European company in the early 1900s and marked with the “beehive” mark.  An expert would call it a “fake Royal Vienna” piece; I call it a lovely vintage to antique European piece of excellent quality in superb preowned used condition with no damage (there’s some minor fading of the gold on the rim and spout)–suitable for gift giving or special-occasion use.  It measures 8.5″ tall x 3.75″ square at the base x about 6.5″ wide spout to handle.  It holds 5 cups of liquid.

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SHIPPING: $12 flat rate shipping valid only for street addresses within contiguous United States; we cannot deliver to post office boxes.  For shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and elsewhere, please contact us with your location for a custom shipping quote.

A WORD ABOUT VINTAGE: Our inventory consists of vintage or antique items which are more than 20 years old, usually used or pre-owned, unless marked “new old stock.”  As such, there may be signs of wear and age, which we will disclose to the best of our ability.  Nevertheless, we encourage you to carefully read the description and view the photos, especially when purchasing a gift.  All items ship with tracking and insurance, and although we do not accept returns, we will offer a refund in case of breakage or damage during transit, upon receipt of sufficient proof. 

Thank you for shopping at AlegriaCollection–and please visit the rest of my shop here:

https://www.vintage-keepers.com/shops/alegriacollection/

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    Wonderful experience, meticulous packaging!

    I purchased two items from this shop. They arrived surprisingly quickly, and it was evident that extreme care was taken to ensure they arrived safely. I greatly appreciate the attention and extra care when packaging up the items. How sad it would be to purchase an antique that has survived multiple generations, only to be destroyed by USPS! Thank you so much for a wonderful shopping experience!

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    Wonderful experience, meticulous packaging!

    I purchased two items from this shop. They arrived surprisingly quickly, and it was evident that extreme care was taken to ensure they arrived safely. I greatly appreciate the attention and extra care when packaging up the items. How sad it would be to purchase an antique that has survived multiple generations, only to be destroyed by USPS! Thank you so much for a wonderful shopping experience!

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