This is a small desk item, a French hard paste porcelain quill pen holder dating to the 19th century, circa 1850 to 1880.
The pen holder is 3 ¼" high, 4 ½" long and 2 1/8" wide.
The holder is a figural or figurine group, two old friars with long white beards, one sitting in a wagon or cart and other friar or Catholic monk pulling the cart. There are two hold between the two friars and one behind the seated friar that hold the quill pens, or in today's world a skinny pen or pencil.
The friars' robes are colored brown. The cart is a yellow-brown color. The base is green and brown.
There is color wear due to age and use: 1) the front friar's left sleeve, the tip of his cowl and the back of his cowl, 2)the wheels of the cart, 2)the right elbow of the seated friar, and 4)the edge of the base.
There are no chips or cracks. The bottom of the piece shows a lot of wear due to age.
The only glaze on the piece is the well of the underside and it is glazed white. The outside edge, the foot rest, is bisque or unglazed and not colored.
There are no maker's marks.
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