Some things I put up for sale in my shop I've never seen before, and this German porcelain set is such. I really like it, perhaps because I am a gardener. It is a small set of three porcelain objects, made in Germany, and dating to the 19th century, circa 1890. The porcelain is quite thin and delicate, very high quality.
There are two garden baskets with an open handle on each side and on the front there is an applied grouping of leaves with a cluster of two strawberries. The basket has a weave pattern as part of the blank. The basket is glazed a rich green shading to a white. The leaves have lines of gold to show the veins of each leaf. The strawberries are realistic, with raised detail to indicate how the seeds are on the outside of the berries, and are red, green and cream.
The water can is exceptional, it just takes my breath away to think that a porcelain maker could create something so exquisite in the 19th century, and it looks like a small water pot down to the smallest detail. The can is glazed green with some shading to white. There is a side handle, a spout and a top handle. On the front is a cluster of two cherries, a dark red on the top and a green on the underside, so they could potentially be grapes, not cherries, though I think they are cherries. To the right of the top handle there is a leaf. Right above it, a leaf must have been there at one time because seen from the inside is a chip where something broke off. I show a close-up photo at the end of the photo array.
The water can is 4 ½" high and 5 ½" wide including the side handle. The baskets are 3 ½" high and 3 7/8" long. I have no idea as to the function of the objects, perhaps just decorative for the gardener who loves delicate porcelain objects, or perhaps a flower holder or a holder to start roots from cuttings in water.
I mentioned the one chip that must have been a leaf at one time. The side edges of the applied leaves are sharp because the porcelain is so exquisitely thin, however I don't detect any nicks. There are no nicks on the applied fruit either. There is some wear to the gold trim.
The bottom undersides of each piece are unglazed or bisque and flat with no well. The undersides show wear and some discoloration due to age.
German Porcelain Gardener’s Small Trio Two Matching Garden Baskets & Watering Can w Applied Strawberries Cherries Leaves c 1890