This rare art deco figure measures about 8.25" tall and is hand-incised Waylande Gregory, along with his WG monogram (from the New York period). The shape was originally designed for Cowan Pottery, before 1931, where it was either a lamp or a decanter, whose crown was removable. The story went that these were a good place to hide one's small amount of still liquor during Prohibition.
This glaze is brick red and ivory bisque, with only the eyes and lips glossy and hand-decorated in keeping with the spirit of Alice in Wonderland (Through the Looking Glass) and the Red Queen. Interior is glazed, and there is a little glossy blue inside for some reason.
Very handsome conversation piece!--even on its own as an example of American ceramic sculpture. Because it was intended as a lamp base, it never had a crown, and is ready to be fitted with metal lamp hardware at your local shop (just as would have happened 70 years ago).
No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs. There is one small burst air bubble on the base, along with a noticeable seam line, and also a very small stain (on the back). None of these are objectionable--especially considering the rarity of this design. This piece comes from the Waylande Gregory estate.