Old Paris Porcelain Darte Palais Royal No. 21 Neo Gothic Footed Bulb Pot /vase
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Old Paris Porcelain Darte Palais Royal No. 21 Neo Gothic Footed Bulb Pot /vase:
Found at an Atlanta area estate sale on a table filled with bric-a-brac from William Sonoma and other modern retailers was this lovely, completely out of place, outstanding antique Charles X French porcelain bulb pot from around 1810 or so created by the famed Darte Freres of Rue de la Roquette Depot 21- 22 Palais Royal, and bears his usual red stamp on the bottom.Designed in the usual manner of a lion paw footed urn on a plinth with mask handles on the sides and a slightly flaring rim, this great piece still has the locking openwork lid in place with its funnel like center hole-handle.Decorated in the Neo Gothic or Gothic Revival style, this great piece features a brilliant green background for dark stonework Gothic arches and columns to stand out against, the highlights picked out in gilding. Against a finely painted railing also banding the piece stand two figures, each executed in gilding with burnished and tone on tone details. One figure is a female with ruff colar while the other is a male in court dress. Possibly representing the Renaissance era, the completely handpainted piece is a marvel of detail and execution.Measuring about 5 and 7/8th inches in total height, this porcelain piece has a 4 and 3/8th inch top rim diameter, is 3 inches square at the base and is 5 and 1/2 inches tall to the top of the flared rim and is suprisingly heavy for its size.Worn, as you would expect on the heavily applied burnished gilding, especially on all of the protruding corners, points, and rim as photographed, there is also slight wear on the female figure as shown.The only physical damage found to this bulb pot is small chipping to the two protruding teeth that extend out on the lid, locking it into place on the rim, but aside from that there are no other chips, cracks or damage other than the piece needing a cleaning.Originally created for the forcing of bulbs such as Paperwhites or Narcissus, stones and water would have been placed inside along with bulbs, allowing them to grow up through the opening in the top creating a bouquet, the locking lid keeping them from disrupting and tilting the lid as they went upward.Perfect today for potpourri or for a small arrangement of flowers on your mantle, this is a great and outstanding Atlanta find.Although it is exciting to offer and win an item on , if you are an impatient winner, please read this and think carefully before offerding;
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Without the shipping box and packing, this antique porcelain bulb pot weighs 1 pound 7 ounces.