This is a French hard paste porcelain veilleuse, or demitasse warming teapot. The age is the 19th century, circa 1870.
The veilleuse is in four parts, the base, the teapot, the lid to the teapot, and the small tray that holds the warming candle. The teapot sits on top of the base, a candle is inserted into the base, and the candle keeps the tea in the pot warm; the candle light shows through the drilled holes in the base. It is a demitasse teapot, intended to give one person one cup of tea.
The veilleuse is 10 1/4" high and 5 1/2" wide at the teapot's spout-to-handle.
The veilleuse is artist painted with flowers and green leaves. The blank bulges out at the top with raised designs in the porcelain. The bottom of the base and teapot is glazed white, whereas the top is a ground in a tan color.
There is gold trim that shows a little bit of rubbing wear. There is a chip on the rim of the base, the part that fits under the teapot. There are no other chips, cracks or crazing. The pointed tip on the underside of the teapot lid is not damaged. There are a few dark marks in the white glaze on the teapot due to the firing process.
The underside shows an impressed mark under the glaze of the number 1 followed by the letters P&A.
Old veilleuses that are available for sale in the antique market have flaws because they were loved and used, and were not intended for display only.
You can read about veilleuses in the book "Veilleuses A Collector's Guide" by Harold Newman. Be sure to visit the other veilleuses I have listed in my shop as I do showcase a few of the more rare pieces, specifically ones that are figural.
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