This is an English Royal Worcester hard paste porcelain bud vase ewer, dating to the 19th century, and the mark places the age to the year 1886.
The vase is 11 ½" high and 5 ¾" wide at the belly.
The handle is like a serpentine wingless dragon, or a long snake with feet, or a lizard. The lower length of the dragon curls around the belly of the vase. Two rear feet hold on tight below the neck. The sinewy length curls up to form the handle, then curls around the neck, with the front feet positioned on the neck, and the gaping toothy head positioned below the feet. The body of the serpent has spines poking out. One spine has a tiny nick on the top, difficult to see, however it is there. The dragon is colored in a reddish bronze, a new decorating technique for Royal Worcester, as one of the marks on the underside says "Patent Metallic."
The exterior is a blush ivory and the porcelain is scaled to emulate the skin of a snake or dragon, larger scales at the bottom and smaller scales on the neck.
The flowers and foliage are hand painted in pink, yellow, blue, purple and green with highlights of gold.
There is a raised design around the outside of the mouth and it is covered in gold trim.
The printed mark on the underside is the Standard Royal Worcester printed mark with the crown filled in and resting on top of the circle, and the interior being a Crescent versus a "C." The letter "X" below such a printed mark is the date letter for 1886. Below the printed mark is the printed mark of "Patent Metallic." There are some impressed numbers and a few hand enameled letters.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks, crazing or repairs other than the nick to the tip of one spine, and a fleck of color missing from one leaf. There is some black rubbing on the lower body of the vase from the estate, which can be cleaned.
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