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Antique French Majolica Cache Pot
This is a beautiful example with a fanciful fluted rim and a very textural design. It originates from Paris and was part of a lifetime collection of fine French and Belgian majolica. It dates from 1890-1900.
The colors are absolutely sumptuous. The base is chocolate brown with the deep emerald and jade green ferns layering over the dark hue. A textured finish has been applied to the bowl creating tiny dots in the sand colored glaze. Very pronounced flower leaves rise upward, they stand away from the bowl 1/4". The leaves are in shades of jade, sage and emerald green. The bright rose pink flowers have textured veins. A lighter brown finishes upward to the rim. There is a pretty scallop design at the top, creating a border between the sand and brown colors.
The body has the shape of a tulip flower with a wider curvy bottom and a flared top rim. The inside is glazed in turquoise with small stripes of brown along the rim. The base bears the mark of interlocking "C" and "K" and the number 306.
It survives in very good condition. There are no noticeable cracks. The interior glaze is worn in bottom areas as is expected with age and use. There is one small chip at the base rim, expected with age. Otherwise no notable, noticeable chips noted. It measures: 9 1/4" in diameter at the top, 7 1/2" tall, 7 1/2" deep, 28" circumference at widest point in bowl and 6 1/4" in diameter at base.