Set of two Italian style flowered vases 8.5 inches tall and 8 inches wide at the widest spot in the center. They have ornamental handles on the side. The flowers and leaves on the design are painted. The rest of the base is textured with sand. Each vase has few small chips on some of the decorative leaves, flowers, and/or lips. Some of the chipped off pieces are held in a separate box. Each vase has a distinctive brown mark on the bottom. One vase has just one line. The other has three lines, plus a triangle with a dot.
Inherited from my great-grandparents, Angelo and Emma Marie Tesseroni, who came from Italy in the 1870s. My father said he wasn't sure if the vases came with my great-grandparents from Italy or were acquired in New York City after their arrival in the USA. If they were acquired in New York City it would have been before 1909.
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The marks don't look familiar to me but these are Pallissy-ware vases similar to lots of pieces made in Italy in the 19th Century; it's most likely that these were acquired in Italy and brought to the US when your great-grandparents came over.
Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
A pair of Italian Palissy-ware earthenware two-handled vases
late 19th century
With crimped rim and of baluster form, the cream-colored ground lushly decorated with applied flowers and leaves, marked indistinctly underneath.
8 1/2 inches tall, 8 inches diameter
PROVENANCE: inherited from great-grandparents
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.