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Gotha Urn

This is a lidded urn made by Gotha during their best period around 1770. Decorative items such as this urn or figurines are super rare. I mean even dishes you never come across but pieces like this you can probably count on one hand the pieces you see in a lifetime. Gotha is probably the best of the Thuringia makers in terms of quality of the paste and painting. They existed from 1757 until 1937 in one form or another. This urn is another superb example of Gotha's work. It has a handpainted scene in black on each side, goats heads as handles, leaf garlands all around and a lid that can be turned either way. One side of the lid would have had the usual finial while the other side would have had a candleholder. All around gold trim. The urn is in good condition with some issues - One horn has been broken off at the tip, there is a chip at the rim with a hairline coming from it and the lid is missing the finial and the candleholder. It is marked underneath with the underglaze R mark as well as a museum ID of T.172 in red. That ID is repeated on the lid. The urn and lid are 7.5 inches tall and 4 inches wide and 3 inches deep. We decided not to have the knob end of the lid restored since it showed the museum ID matching the bottom part and thus proved them to be a match. Please email me for more information or photos.

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