The porringer or ambar/amber was used for transporting the special creamy porridge eaten at weddings and special occasions by the Norwegian people – this example may date to earlier in the 19th century. This is a small example which has the most detailed acanthus carving on the top, wings, sides and feet of the piece. This is extraordinarily intricate and must have been created by a master! The lid is held in position by two upstanding wings and has an intricate handle in the centre flanked by two acanthus scrolls. This appears to have had one wooden pin on one side and on the other side there are two opposing holes going through the wing to the lid which was presumably to place a handled peg to secure the lid in position so the contents would not fall out. Once secured on both sides this could then have been carried by the decorative handle. The interior is a plain, unstained, turned surface. The overall condition is excellent for age. With its interesting shape and very decorative carving, this would make a lovely addition to any collection of folk art, especially that of Scandinavian origin. Maximum width 5.5 ins (14cm), maximum height 6 ins (15.2cm). Weight 298 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 105.
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