This is a small English porcelain egg-shaped box. The date is towards the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century, circa 1900.
The box is not marked as to the maker.
The porcelain is quite delicate and thin.
The box is small, about 3” long, about 2” high and about 2” wide.
The dome is reticulated and crowned with a porcelain cameo head in white glaze against a blue ground. The reticulation is colored green. The lid is solid under the dome and is glazed white with speckles of blue color. Around the reticulation is a raised scroll design in the blank. The bottom of the box has larger raised scrolls, colored in pink. There is gold trim around the reticulation and the raised designs and the head of the cameo, and the gold shows a lot of wear due to age.
The lustre finish is the type that shows varying colors. At a glance the box will appear to be an off-white color, but the lustre has shades of pink and blue and green. The inside of the box and the underside of the lid is glazed white. The round hollow on the underside of the bottom is not glazed.
The interior rim on the underside of the lid has two small chips, and I show these flaws in a close-up photo. There is an area of brown discoloration on the underside of the lid also. There is brown stuff stuck to the bottom underside of the egg, perhaps the remnants of egg so as to protect the bottom from rubbing wear. There are no other chips, cracks or crazing.
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