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French Covered Urn Jar Old Mark French Country Ceramic
Very old and marked, I took this piece to a antique show where they have appraisers to tell you what you have for a small fee. Well, after some hem-hawing around, the appraiser told me it was likely French, Hand painted and from 1795-1850's. Although she did not give me an appraisal. Just an identification, of sorts! Although I gathered most of that without the appraiser but it was nice to hear my suspensions were right! I've never seen the mark before. Old. It has crazing in the enamel coating over what seems to be ceramic but has a "porcelain" ping. I thought it to be a antique Tea Caddy.
My questions are is it porcelain, as it has that "porcelain" Ping to it or is it pottery with a enamel over it? The antique consultant said possibly Soft Porcelain. Can anyone identify the mark? The appraiser could not. It is 8 " tall.
Because we have a tool called "What's this?", on Ruby Lane, I took my questions to Ruby Lane shop owners and buyers. Graciously, this is what Barbara had to say about this urn or jar or Caddy.
"Hi, I would call this a covered urn, it would be too hard to get tea out of that top! I would say by the style French Faience, (think Quimper) which is a tin/lead glazed earthenware. Made in many countries including Italy, France, Persia, Iran, etc. for many years. You can slog through hundreds and hundreds of French Faience marks and maybe find the mark or maybe not. It looks to me like a 19th Century style. I hope this helps you! Good Luck!"
There you go. It looks very French Country to me, and the appraiser described it as likely French, Hand painted. It's lovely, with just a few small chips, one on top and one on the very bottom. The one on the bottom is a larger chip but but displays well. Pictures show all.
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