A charming antique porcelain fruit vase with a delicate cornflower pattern was made for the famous Grand Depot store of Emile Bourgeois.
Émile BOURGEOIS (1832-1926), representative of the BMW & C Pomona faience brand and the "Grand Dépôt" 21 rue Drouot trademark in Paris. The large warehouse of Émile Bourgeois was founded in 1863 and was the world's largest store of canteens, dessert and crystal sets.
Le Grand Dépôt was the same type of store as l'Escalier de Cristal.
He did not manufacture, but resold models that fit the tastes of his clients, which he found in large French crystal and other factories. The catalogs created the Le Grand Dépôt style and encouraged customers to come and make their choice. The great initiator of this concept is Emile Bourgeois.
Despite the popularity of this trading house in France, crockery under this brand is quite rare in antique stores. I can also assume that this fruit vase could have been specially produced for a trading house at one of the Limoges manufactories, like Theodore Haviland, because the cornflower pattern mold I met on their dishes.
Fruit vase in excellent condition, no cracks or chips, no frayed gilding.
Height - 14,3 cm (5,63 inch)
Diameter - 24,6 cm (9,44 inch)
Base diameter - 12,7 cm (4,72 inch)
Weight unpacked - 940 gr