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The straight-sided caddy, molded in two pieces, is quatrefoil in section, with a flat shoulder rising to a lip that is fitted with a quatrefoil cover. The cover has straight sides, rising to a dome surmounted by a gilt, lobed finial. The body is decorated with vertical bands of turquoise...

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(1) on unglazed base, in blue: crossed swords; in puce (faint): triangle enclosing .S. (2) inside cover, in puce (faint): traingle enclosing .S. (not illustrated)


Until 1983, Rita and Frits Markus, New York and Chatham, MA; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 18, 1984)

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Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

German, about 1740

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13 x 8.3 cm (5 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain