|A comparison of the Lao Tian Li vase and the L.S. Ayres vase.|
L. S. Ayres and Company was an Indianapolis, Indiana, department store founded in 1872 by Lyman S. Ayres. Over the years its Indianapolis flagship store, which opened in 1905 and was later enlarged, became known for its women’s fashions and Tea Room, holiday events and displays, and the basement budget store.
One of the L.S. Ayres buildings is in the National Register of Historic Places.
The 1933 Shure Catalog page of Chinese cloisonne pieces features a lotus pond vase:
|Vase second from left on bottom row displays a lotus pond theme. As the catalog's date is 1933, the Chinese merchandise might well date from the 1920s-early 1930s, if only accounting for production, shipping, catalog engraving and publishing time.|