This amphora shaped Imperial Porcelain Factory vase stands on a gilt bronze (ormolu) square base, which supports the vase’s flared foot, the porcelain gilt embossed with foliage forms. The belly of the vase, above the stem, is embossed with a geometrical leaf-form motif.
The centre of the vase is painted to the front with a figurative scene, this scene surrounded by a gilt fictive frame. The painted scene is a copy after The Virgin Mary as a Child Praying by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. The painting is especially fine, the delicate brushstrokes typical of the fine work produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory. On the opposite side of the vase to the painting is an assemblage of motifs, including gilt branches and a circular garland interspersed with putti heads.
The top of the vase’s body is gilt, rising to the parcel gilt neck of the vase, which flares to a wide rim. The vase is mounted with two porcelain scrolling handles, the handles springing from an acanthus leaf mounts.
The painting to the front of the vase is signed lower right ‘E. Daladugin 1857’ and inscribed lower left ‘After the picture by Zurbarán’.