Limoges Guerin et Cie French Algerian Porcelain Vase
This magnificent parcel gilt porcelain vase from William Guerin and Company of Limoges, France, dates from the late 19th century, measures 36 in (91 cm) tall, and features a raised coat of arms on each face and lion masks handles at the shoulders. Signed "Wm. Guerin", "Paris" and "Limoge".
According to the Musee d'Orsay, the firm was founded by Guerin when he acquired the factory from Lebon et Cie in 1872. It operated until 1920. This piece was produced for the French Algerian market, possibly commissioned by a patron in Oran, as the coat of arms depicted include the key symbols of the Oran coat of arms. On each side are depicted the French fleur-de-lis in gold on blue ground, lion passant on red ground and crescent moon. One one side the crest depicts a harbor fortress and on the opposite side the crest depicts a galleon sailing ship, each key elements of the Oran coat of arms.