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A Mystery Pottery Stand â Tree Limbs Form â 19th Cty.

A Mystery Pottery Stand – Tree Limbs Form – 19th Cty.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1050260

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This is one of the most unusual pieces in our collection. We have absolutely no idea whether it is of Chinese or Japanese origin. The heavy coat of kiln grit on the base has us leaning towards it being from an early Japanese kiln. It is an elaborate stand in the form of a group of intertwined ceramic tree limbs. These have been colored with thick overglaze enamel in a medium chocolate brown base glaze with both yellow and orange highlights.

The fact that the top has five ends of the “limbs” that are evenly level leads us to believe that it was probably a stand for some kind of bowl. Our guess is that it would have been used to support an offering or alms bowl in a temple – but that is just a guess. Because of the kiln grit, we believe it dates from the mid to late 19th century. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. The stand measures 5 ¾” high and is 4” diameter at the top – by 5” diameter at the base.