If you ever watch the Antiques Roadshow where the appraiser says “you know that most items like this are usually aren’t worth that much, well this is not one of those” – that accurately describes this antique porcelain English Bone China Royal Worcester Basket Weave Lidded Potpourri Vase or Jar. The top of the jar and lid of square holes so you can rotate the lid to open or hide these holes, so was perfect for potpourri. It is much larger than standard vases or jars. in fact other examples I have found are much smaller. It is decorated with an interlaced weave of porcelain lovely red and gold sheen and a with a leafy vine design over the top of it. It has an almost oriental looking design. The finial is on the lid is charming. I have seen items like this in the Victoria and Albert and other museums. This could be the an amazing addition to a collection or a centerpiece on a large table or mantel.
Royal Worcester is one of the oldest porcelain manufactures in England that began manufacturing in 1751. On the bottom it is marked pattern 884 and has a V date code indicating that this was made in 1887 so this is over 125 years old.
The jar measures 14.5″ high with the lid and 11″ without the lid and approximately 7″ wide.
It is in extremely good condition for its age. No chips or cracks or scratches.
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