This is a really lovely antique bisque pottery chicken or hen on a nest lidded dish.
These little dishes would be used in farmhouses or cottages to store little eggs in.
The little hen is made from a shiny white glazed pottery - and with applied colours to head and wattle. I like the colouring of the ground and little eggs below mummy bird - she is sitting on her eggs awaiting them to hatch out as little chicks. The feathers are touch up with highlights of gold gilding.
The base is original to the upper section and it fits together perfectly.
It is a fine Victorian example dating to the late 19th Century.
It is in just lovely antique condition - no chips or cracks to the dish or chicken - there two little patches of light staining inside, as photographed (this issue is reflected my asking price). The model is nice and clean with no dirty marks.
Dimensions: The overall length is about 8 ½ inches. Height is roughly 7 1/2 inches – the nest section is shiny and glazed and measures: 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches.
A very fair price for this most attractive and indeed very decorative example. Please also see my lovely bisque pottery example in my Etsy store
Postage quoted is for Special Next Day Delivery with the Royal Mail in the UK.