Good morning, I was given a very unique floral vase with no manufacturers trademark or stamp, but the signature J O'Brien in cursive with a flair on the J and an ellipses after the O. I have had difficulty identifying it.
I believe the vase is earthenware (as it has a light salmon pink unglazed base) it stands 19cm high and is 11cm at the base. The design is a very deep blue and dark turquoise background with a striking bunch of orange/yellow impressionistic tulips. The tulips have raised detail and green leaves surrounding them.It is not a particularly attractive vase due to the colours, the design is like a gloomy interpretation of Van Gogh's sunflowers.
Can you help?
Kind regards, ***** ***** Munro
Thank you for your prompt reply. I apologise for the delay in response, I was away from my desk.I have taken some photos to help identify the vase as requested. They are not the best quality (they are not as crisp as I would like), but the signature photo is very clear as you will see.
Front design: http://imgur.com/94NWKPO
Side view: http://imgur.com/Ep2ELxe
Back design: http://imgur.com/H2dO6Z3
Side view: http://imgur.com/jC8JJ4V
View from the top: http://imgur.com/EbTjQ23
The base: http://imgur.com/yUHfY6U
Close up of the signature: http://imgur.com/WGGTrxo
I hope this helps solve the mystery!
Thank you very much. I appreciate your help and await your findings eagerly!
Thank you so much for your advice - so in depth, much more than I could have imagined! I have a small collection of Majolica pottery, so I expect that's why I liked the vase.
I have contacted Mr O'Brien to ask if it his his work or one of his contemporaries.
I will let you know if and when he replies!
I've just received this response from Mr O'Brien:
"Hi Stuart this is not my work. It looks to me like early century production pottery. Terracotta with majolica overglaze, all best, Bill"
I should think the vase's artist would be impossible to identify, so I'm not sure whether to insure it now. I think I'll just use it to keep flowers in!
Yes, I agree. I will enjoy it for what it is - maybe the artist will be well known by the time the Grandkids inherit it, you never know!
Thank you again for all your help and knowledge. It has been wonderful to talk to you and I will not hesitate to ask you again and recommend you to my friends.
All the best,