I've had this for decades. It's just the prettiest old porcelain piece, and looking at it from any side, it seems just perfect. It's an 8" tall potpourri canister, vase, urn. And in searching for the maker, a friend located its mate at the V&A, London. I'm attaching the reference for it at the V&A, confirming Derby and c.1825-40. Photographed from all angles of view so you can see all the deep relief porcelain flowers. The museum example/reference has a chip to a leaf on one handle. Not even museum pieces are perfect. This one is also not perfect. You won't see it from the outside unless you look first at the inside and see that it's had an incredible restoration. From the exterior, I find a fine tight line in one spot, but can't really even see where those other lines show to the exterior. The flowers are remarkably intact. The potpourri is perforated, as it should be and was originally made. Both body and lid (which is completely undamaged) were formed to allow the scented cotton or floral petals stored within to sweeten the air.
Very good condition as you see it, and as noted above - look at my photos to see that it's had a restoration of the upper body, lines evident from an inside view. Whomever did that restoration must have been a master, as it defies detection by naked eye on all the sides you're going to view and enjoy - the entire exterior. If there's a tip of a petal missing, I'll leave it to your eyes. I swear, I get too distracted by the overall beauty to find one if there is. Price adjusted for both condition and beauty, age and aesthetic. I hope you'll enjoy it as I have.
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