This is an English Royal Worcester hard paste porcelain figural owl bird vase. The date is the 19th century, circa 1884.
The shape number is 701, first created by Royal Worcester in 1879. The shape is identified as being an “Owl and Bamboo Flower Holder” in the book “Royal Worcester Porcelain” by Henry Sandon, on page 192. You can see a photo of another vase in the book “Guide to Understanding 19th & 20th Century British Porcelain” by David Battie, on page 279. The author describes the piece as “An amusing spill vase with the owl in two tones of gold and well executed…”
The vase is about 7 ¾” high, about 4” long and about 4” deep.
There are three holders for the flowers, shaped like bamboo. The taller holder is in the middle and the shorter holders are on each side of it. The owl is perched in front of the taller holder. The detail is quite good, showing the beak, feathers and talons of the feet.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is wear to the gold trim around the bamboo shapes due to use, wear and age. There is some dirt residue on the inside bottom of each bamboo holder.
The printed Royal Worcester mark on the underside is a blue-green color; the circle has a crescent inside with a crown perched above and the letter “V” below. There is also an impressed mark of “U6”, an incised number of “701” (for the shape number) and the hand enameled letters in black of “CE” (for the gilder.)
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