Gilded White-Porcelain Atelier Vase
Stamped on underside: Bernardaud / Atelier / 2009
16.5in h x 8in d
• An Important Main Line, PA Collection
Established in Limoges, France in 1863, today Bernardaud is still considered to be one of France’s premier makers of porcelain decorative art and stylish tableware. The facility was originally launched by two industrialists, but it was apprentice Léonard Bernardaud whose artistry stood out among the other craftsmen, and who was later appointed head of sales and finally partner. Succeeded by his sons Jacques and Michel, the company navigated through the tumultuous times of the Great Depression and World War I by focusing on innovation and expanding into the luxury market in the United States. In 1962, Pierre Bernardaud took over the company, opening another facility in Oradour-sur-Glane, and acquiring other porcelain facilities including the Ancienne Manufacture Royale, a company that dates to 1737 and earned its royal name through patronage of Comte d’Artois, brother to King Louis XVI. In 1994, 5th generation descendent Michel Bernardaud assumed operation of the family-owned atelier, retaining the company’s focus on innovation and creativity, while maintaining the high-standards that porcelain from the Limoges region is coveted for.
Standing over sixteen inches high, the present vase is decorated in a hand-painted, modern dot-and-dash motif. The neutral color palette of the exterior decoration is accentuated by the punch of color that emerges from the vase opening, revealing the reddish-orange glaze used inside.