This is an English Royal Worcester porcelain amphora vase or epergne. The date is the 19th century, circa 1876.
The height is about 5 ½” and the width is about 5 ¼”.
The shape number is 415, first created by Royal Worcester in the year 1874. The shape is described as being “Amphora, single, groups of 4, 7 and 10” in the book “Royal Worcester Porcelain” by Henry Sandon, on page 186. You can view an earlier version of the amphora shape with three jugs in some pages of photos of objects inserted between pages 34 and 35. The author describes the shape as being a “group of 3 amphorae.”
This specific grouping is a cluster of four amphorae. Each amphora, or flower holder, looks like a jug with two tiny looped handles. The glaze is white and the handles and rims are trimmed in a blue enamel. The function of the piece is to be a flower holder, so essentially a vase or epergne.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. The glaze shows a light crazing that is more visible around the necks of the amphorae. There is a little bit of wear to the blue enamel trim. There is a little bit of brown around the ends of the handles. The insides of the amphorae show some dust and slight discoloration from use. The bottom shows wear to the glaze.
The green mark has a crescent with an open crown perched above the circle and the number 76 below.
There is the letter “H” in blue enamel which is most likely the initial for the person who did the enameling.
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