This magnificent antique flower pot features, on all four sides, lush bouquets of pink and red roses amid fern green leaves. It's big enough hold a massive plant -- so large, in fact, that you could also use it to chill several bottles of wine.
Designed with a graceful undulating shape and scallops at both top and bottom, the jardiniere measures 9 1/2 inches across, stands 7 3/4 inches high and has a lot of heft, being of Staffordshire Ironstone. As you know, this is very sturdy stuff, despite its delicate appearance. There's been minor flaking of the wide gold-lustered edge and age-appropriate scuffs are on the base, but I can't find any flaws in the china. A couple of small discolored areas are under the glaze, so they were original to production.
Acquired from a dealer in Cambridgeshire, this beauty has an elaborate hallmark that includes an extremely determined-looking phoenix rising from flames and the initials NWAO and YWAO, along with the words "Staffordshire Iron Stone". Being a specialist in jewelry, rather than ceramics, I haven't yet been able to identify the maker. If you happen to know which of Staffordshire's 100+ potteries of Victorian times created this treasure, I hope you'll tell me.
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