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Egg Shaped Box

This is what I normally would call a teacaddy but in this case I am stumped :) Whatever it is, it was made by Frankenthal in 1771. It is an egg shaped container with a lid sitting on top of three feet. What has me stumped is that there is a hole drilled on the bottom side as well as a much smaller one on the top side and two in the lid. Normally there would not be there! And I know what you are thinking - some moron drilled it as a lamp or something but no these holes are definitely original! I am thinking that there might have been a spout on the bottom for some kind of liquid to go into this piece but am far from certain. Either way it is a superb piece handpainted with nice bird scenes as well as a top quality puce scales trim with nice gilding. The bottom is marked with the crown over CT mark in underglaze blue with the number 71 underneath that (there is a little flaw in the paste by the mark not a cut or anything like that). The entire piece is 5.75 inches tall and 3.375 inches from leg to leg. It is in good conditon but two legs have been broken and restored quite well now. I did find an example with a spout now. Please email me for more information or photos.

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