A well potted round covered box with underglaze blue decoration and extensive gilt outlining of the pattern of a bird in a bush. The Meissen crossed swords mark on the bottom is typical of the late 19th century. There is also in underglaze blue the number 46, which is probably the identification of the painter of the scene. Height 2 ½ inches, diameter 3 ½ inches (6 by 9 centimeters).
Condition: no chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. Very slight gilding wear.
The quality of the workmanship is as good as the model for this type of decoration which would have been one hundred and fifty years old when this was made. In the late 19th century Meissen remained one of the highest quality porcelain makers.