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# 4754. A pottery garden seat. c. 1870's. Size: 22" tall x 12" across at the top x 14" across at the base. Condition: a section of banded border is missing around the base; minor staining and edge flakes consistent with use and age. Country of origin: probably Germany. Consistent with works from the Mettlach Factory. The factory was established in an abbey in Mettlach Germany around 1836 and continued until 1921. Heavy stoneware with three part construction. The pillow at the top is slightly unlevel to allow water to run off the surface. Four rams heads and four dogs heads add to the decorative elements. As a side note: in the Franco Zeffirelli Film La Traviata, three of these garden seats were used in room decorations. The opening scene in Violetta's home as it is being carted off. A pair of these garden seats is seen in Violetta's country home in her garden room going up the stairs. Each garden seat in these scene has a potted plant on it. This sumptuously decorated film used exquisite furnishings. From a local Newport Rhode Island home. This item may be shipped safely via Fedex or UPS. The price for this garden seat is: $2,750.00.
The green line shows the area of beaded edge loss.
The pillow on the top has a very realistic appearance.
Note the edge loss to the right of the dog head.
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