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Offered for the discerning collector is this fabulous antique set of Victorian German bisque porcelain spill vases or match safes.
A spill holder or a "Spill" is a vase or holder used to hold spills which are slivers of wood, a twist of paper or a spiral of wood shaving used to light a fire or a wall light during the 1700 and 1800's. Matches were few and far between and were expensive. They would have these on the mantel or on a table close to the wall lamps for easy access to light the fires.
These are marked "Germany" and each has a model number. These were made in the late 1800's.
They are very colorful and features the French clown Pierrot, dressed in a loose fitting white blouse with large buttons and wide pantaloons with a frilled collaret and a skull cap. He is known as the "Sad Clown" as he pines for the love of Columbine who breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin.
The other spill vase features Columbine, which means "little dove". She is the wife of Pierrot but leaves him for Harlequin. She wears a frilled collaret and a pretty little fitted dress with a pleated skirt and gold shoes.
These measure 4.75 inches long, 2 inches wide and stands about 4.5 inches tall.
I found these in Belgium, it was great to find the pair together after all of these years!!
Pierrot is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks! Columbine is also in excellent condition with no chips, I do see what may be a manufactures flaw on the inside back of one of the openings. It is a line which I have taken a photo. The piece is very sturdy and I saw the line with a magnifying glass so is not a problem for a piece this old.
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