This is an English Staffordshire White Fantail Dove figural posy vase. The maker is Minton. The composition is probably soft paste porcelain, which is a type of pottery, versus hard paste porcelain. The date is circa 1862 to 1871.
The vase is 6 1/8” high, 5 ¾” wide and 3 ½” front-to-back.
The bird is a dove with tail feathers spread out. On the top of the tail feathers are holes in which to put flowers, thus a posy vase.
The glaze is white. The feet, beak and eyes are colored.
Minton produced this vase in both soft paste and hard paste porcelain. Some later versions were colored more intensely, the feathers and the base. This version is white.
In the literature, some antique dealers refer to this vase as being majolica. I don’t see it that way, so just telling you I don’t consider it to be majolica.
There is light crazing in the glaze. There is a brown stain on the back, which appears to be under the glaze. There are some small bumps in the glaze. There are no chips, nicks or cracks.
The word “Minton” is impressed on the bottom. I put a pen next to the impressed mark so that there was a contrast and my camera could photograph the impressed mark. There is a raised date mark, covered in glaze, and thus unreadable.
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English Minton White Fantail Dove Bird Posy Vase c 1862 - 1871
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