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This rather humorous ceramic bottle was made by the Roseville Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio. It is listed and shown in several of the books on Roseville Pottery, although there is little explanation as to why Roseville made such a piece, especially considering that they were primarily known for producing decorative pottery. Obviously it was designed to hold some kind of liquid (the majority have original corks in the top of the head; this one however, is not original but does fit). There were several issues made through the years, the first being dated from the early 1900's which had no platform beneath the feet, and the later ones like this, having a platform of about 3/4". None of the bottles were ever marked as "Roseville", as are many of the early Roseville pieces. This particular one has a nice even glaze without any chips or cracks; there are a couple of minor pottery imperfections beneath the glaze on the top rim which appear a bit darker than the rest and you can see them in the next to the last photo. The fun little guy measure 6 1/4" x 3" x 2 1/4", and will make a great conversation piece for your collection. "What is he thinking about?"!!
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Roseville Pottery Monkey Bottle
$95 USD SOLD
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