Cache pots were used in the Victorian era as a way of cycling plants indoors and outdoors throughout the year. This allowed them to be grown in weathered terracotta pots for outdoors, but still displayed elegantly indoors.
In this exquisitely decorated and hand-painted example, the factory created a series of enameled flowers that surround the fluted rim both inside and outside. There is a large, fancy tulip and a large rose with rose buds painted on either side of the pot. There are two separate handles for gripping the pot; they are decorated with gold leaf. The piece has a beautiful overall luster.
There is a collector’s label on the bottom that attributes the pot to the Samuel Alcock factory. The firm employed hundreds of people, but closed due to bankruptcy in 1859. Although marks were used by the firm, various sources note that many unmarked pieces were made.
The quality of the painting, the wonderful shape and the design work combine to make this a beautiful and elegant piece of antique porcelain. With or without a plant, this would make a pretty addition to any table or shelf.
The condition is excellent. There are no cracks, chips or other imperfections. The porcelain is dense, so the piece is actually heavier than it may appear.
It measures 8-5/8 inches in diameter at the top and 6-¾ inches high.