Antique CROCUS planter. Beautifully adorned with vivid handpainted flowers

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Seller: mollyandroos (3,639) 100%, Location: Interlochen, Michigan, Ships to: US, Item: 283195285305 Antique CROCUS planter with nine openings. Beautifully adorned with vivid hand-painted flowers on all sides. My best guess . . . early 1900's. Maybe older based on the wear of the foot rim. Clean and bright. It measures 7 inches high by 8 1/4 inches wide and 4 9/16ths inches deep. It weighs approximately 1 pound 5 ounces. There are more than twenty painted areas of flowers and leaves. Quite heavy. When I list an item I try to describe it as if I were buying it for my collection. This piece has no cracks and even though I personally like a bit of crazing, I cannot find any. Starting on the side with the closed flower, at center, with the yellow flower above; on the right lower opening there is a less than 2/16ths inch rub line (like a scratch that has been filled in for many years with soot, finger oils and other debris so that it just feels like a shallow sandy spot). There are four pits under the glaze that look like minute bubbles that popped during firing. They are all under a 1/32nd of an inch long. There are pin prick size pits, that occurred during firing, in other areas but I won't mention them unless they reach the 1/100th + of an inch threshold. I find one spot of paint loss of 1/64th of an inch long on the bottom border at the base. On the other side I find; six or seven pits under the glaze about pencil tip size. There is a 1/16th inch nick below the border line painted at the base that is not visible unless it is flipped and is very close to the foot rim wear. There is an old wound below the lip of the left lower opening. It is a 1/32nd by 1/32nd inch chip that is smooth because it has been filled in with soot, finger oils and debris over many years. I do not see anything to mention on the top left two opening areas. I find an old wound on the lower opening, on the right side, under the trim paint. It was either a fix after firing or an old repair that happened later. The paint matches perfectly so I am leaning towards fix after firing. There are uneven spots on all the rims of the openings, but even though it is smooth to the touch, my finger slows down there and I feel a tiny flaw. I am certain that the steady hand, that painted the flowers and perfect black outlines, did not paint the borders of the openings and accents around the contours. It was common, and still is common, to have an assembly line of painters working on different aspects of pieces. There are minute powdery gray areas, throughout the piece, under the glaze. It may have been something the artists had on their hands as they handled the piece before firing. Even though it looks shiny and clean there is some light debris inside. This beautiful piece has a large number of openings in an unusual configuration. Very few antique garden planters survive in this condition. It is ready for another 100 years of service. Continental USA shipping only unless you message for a quote before bidding.Check out my hundreds of vintage and antique items above, under See other items. Color: white/multi, Material: Porcelain

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