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If this gorgeous porcelain hand painted casserole could talk, what stories of elegant dinner parties, families celebrating the holidays, and special occasions it could tell!

This covered dish dates from the mid to early 1800's and is unmarked except for an incised "20" on the bottom. I believe it is a European piece by the style and the decoration. There are both hand painted flowers and gilding, but much of the gold has worn off from many years of use and enjoyment of this beauty.

There are a few minor bits of damage, not unusual in a piece this old: it has three rim chips on pink edge of the opening in the casserole base. They are quite old, though, so have acquired their own bit of color over the years. Two inside edge minor chips are covered by the lid and a smaller one is on the outer edge, but it does not show a great deal nor detract from the overall appearance of the piece. There is also a hairline crack in the lid handle--it is not broken, and has not been glued; it is only on one side of the handle and doesn't show without close inspection.

This lovely porcelain dish measures 12.5" long, 7" tall(including lid), and 9.25" wide. Lidded casseroles such as this were perfect to assure hot dishes made it to the table in a still-warm condition for serving; they serve that purpose very well due to the thickness of the porcelain; it's a heavy piece, well suited to insulate and hold the heat of the contents. The thickness of the porcelain on such old pieces also has helped them survive and be handed down to us today.

The flowers are painted on all four sides of the lid and the base with great skill and a with depth of color and variety of details that are exquisite. The lid of the casserole also has a wonderful oak leaf design with acorns--very typically Victorian. The acorns symbolized fertility and immortality, while the oak leaves represented strength and stability. The pink roses, featured in all the bouquets on this piece, always mean grace and gentility.

Don't you long for a bit more grace and gentility in your life? Wouldn't this look perfect on your sideboard, or even better--on your table, full of your own delicious cooking, celebrating with your family or friends?

Dear CA buyers, don't forget to include our 9.75% sales tax.

Antique Elegant Handpainted Floral Victorian Covered Casserole, Time Raveler

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  • Material: hand painted antique porcelain
  • Only ships within United States.
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