Royal Bonn Hand Painted Art Nouveau Vase
Exquisite Art Nouveau double handled vase by Royal Bonn is hand painted in bright beautiful blue and magenta. The piece is in excellent condition with no signs of cracks or chips. Royal Bonn is a fine porcelain and earthenware line from Franz Anton Mehlem Earthenware Factory. The marks underneath are "Royal Bonn with the FAM and Germany" in brown. This mark dates the piece from 1890 - 1920 and means it was made for export. Additional numbers show the mold number of 3433 and 11 that is their code for the date of the piece. 222 is the workman mark. I am trying to decipher these codes and will update the page when I have more info. I believe the piece to be very early 20th century (circa 1900). The vase is very large, measuring 11.5" high and almost 10" in diameter at the base. This is a great find and will only increase in value. See this link for a very similar vase appraised in 2010: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/15/des-moines-ia/appraisals/royal-bonn-art-nouveau-vase-ca-1900--201005A21/
Royal Bonn is the nineteenth-and twentieth-century trade name used by Franz Anton Mehlem, who had a pottery in Bonn, Germany, from 1836 to 1931. Porcelain and earthenware were made at this factory. The business was purchased by Villeroy & Boch in 1921 and closed in 1931.