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German Chocolate Pot Rose Bud Finial Green Flowers & Foliage c 1890
This is a German hard paste porcelain chocolate pot. The date is the 19th century, circa 1890.
The pot is 9 3/4” high and 7” wide from spout-to-handle.
I believe the decoration on the pot is a high quality transfer, and done all in shades of green. Each side of the pot shows a cluster of flowers, leaves and stems, with small sprays of leaves scattered randomly around the pot and on top of the lid. One cluster shows a large chrysanthemum and the other side shows a large rose.
The finial is a rose bud, with the stem and leaves spreading out over the dome of the lid, and accented in lines of rich gold.
The handle and spout have raised designs covered in gold. There is more gold trim around the rim and the edge of the lid.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There is a tiny pinprick air hole in the glaze on the rim. If the pot was glass, I would say it was a burst air bubble, but this is glazed porcelain and it appears to be a tiny flaw in the glazing process. There is a line in the unglazed part of the footrest on the underside, which is normal, but it does add a tiny bit of roughness to the bottom edge in that area.
On the underside there are two overglaze blue crossed lines, which sort of look like swords, but are not swords. There is an impressed mark of 2 ½; makers used these numbers for the size of the item during this time period, when items were made in different sizes ranging from small to extra-large and everything in between.