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Yesterday I found this elegant lidded vase/urn that is engraved on the bottom as "Blas 93" (vs. "Kew Blas" as I've identified on the net). Any thoughts or guidance as to the maker and/or potential age of this piece will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Diane.
Can we see the bottom?
Here you go...hope its clear enough.
Do you think it could be a hand crafted mold? It seems so strange that it would be a signature like that. Could it be a transfer pattern? I am totally just guessing, but it is a little odd. The glazing and painting are top-notch, but perhaps all is not what it appears? Either way, I am stumped. I found it to resemble Lusterware and the floral pattern is quite unique.
It's a start, right? And a finish to my long day.
Research indicates Kew-Blas made glass urns, all were gold-colored iridescent; after 1896. They were signed Kew-Blas. Yours appears to be (and you say it is) porcelain.
My first opinion of yours was a cremation urn. Engraving sounds like a counterfeit. Need a hands-on evaluation to be sure.
Is that a chip at the bottom?
There is a lot of info on the internet. Google "Kew Blas". Click "Images"
Thank you for your thoughts! I have been reading about Kew Blas...while I also doubt that's where its from, I did read somewhere that for a short time period, pieces were signed simply as "Blas" with the piece number so that's at least where I started. Have been searching the net when time allows for it and will continue to do so. And, yes, there is a tiny chip at the bottom.