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Faience Hand Painted Dresser Jar – Early 1800’s
This is a fabulous and intriguingly decorated European Faience dresser jar with a bronze closure in a trefoil shape that we believe to be most likely French in origin and dating to the early 19th century and possibly a little before. The base of this exquisite Faience jar bears a makers mark that, however, we were unable to identify.
This wonderful piece is richly decorated in burnished gold colored enamel-like paint with flowers and ferns along with a bird, butterfly and the lid bears the image of what might be a stock character, Giangurgolo, from a Commedia dell'arte – an Italian form of improvisational comic acting also very popular in France during this period.
This gorgeous Faience jar weighs about 3.5 ounces, is 2 inches tall and the flared lid is 3 inches in diameter attractively tapering to a diminutive base 1 ¾ inches in diameter. This exceptional piece is in excellent condition considering its age and the fragility of Faience pottery with the bronze clasp in good working order, strong paint of the decoration and just a few minor fleabites around the very edge of the base.
Thank you for your interest in this fabulous and intriguing European Faience hand painted dresser jar and please feel free to browse our Ruby Lane exclusive shop, Little River Antiques & Collectibles, for other unique and exciting treasures.
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