Saturday, November 29, 2008

Funny little pot


Can any of you great, experienced antiquers and thrift-store shoppers help me out? What is this funny little pot I have?

I bought it years ago in a thrift store in Seattle, in a box with a bunch of other stuff. It's shaped like a pumpkin or calabash, and has a frog and a newt molded on the surface. If it's a vase, its top is odd - there is a very wide, sturdy flange, and a very narrow opening.


It's about six inches in diameter, and about three inches tall. There are no identifying markings on it. The bottom doesn't have a distinct base, just a slightly flattened place so it can stand up sturdily.

What is this funny little pot? Where is is from? How old is it? Has anyone ever seen another like it?

15 comments:

KathyR said...

No idea. But it's cool.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

A weird hair receiver? I really don't know....maybe just someone's pottery making experience but I like it a lot.

Erin said...

OH, my sister would so know. (She knows everything.) But me, I'd live with it and never know. Neat.

splummer said...

Hi!
Don't know what it is, but it's really odd looking in a sort of good way. Thanks for stopping by my place. Take Care!!

Sherrie

Vintage To Chic said...

you may have a real treasure,
Hugs,
Judy

Jenny S said...

Maybe the bottom of a lamp piece? I am not sure!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

That is fantastic. What an intriguing question. I wonder if my potter friend, Gary Rith would know. Do you read his blog? I will email him with a link to this post and ask him to take a look.

Elizabeth said...

It might be a piece of a fountain...

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

tis either pre-Colombian Mexico or Peru handmade pottery, or a pre-Colombian Mexican or Peruvian knockoff! Most likely a knockoff. For tourists visiting Latin America. Would have to look at it carefully to see if it was for real.
other examples:
http://www.trocadero.com/Wayob/catalog/Antiques:Regional_Art:Americas:Pre_Columbian90.html

:)

auctiongirlvintage said...

Hey, g, I have no idea what kind of container this is, but I like it :o) I'm going to agree that it might simply be art, rather than "purposed" art. As a teacher, I've always said that the important part is the process, not the final product.

Victoria
xoxo

Shelia said...

Evening, I don't have a clue!! But it's a cute one! It's probably worth a gazillion dollars!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I've never seen anything like it...but I like it..hope you get an answer. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it was worth lots of money?

Dawn said...

A base to a planter? Sure is neat looking.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Now I want to know what it is...very interesting....
Mo :-)

KATHERINELLEN said...

Hey g
I have no ideas...but it unique...interesting...Thanks for sharing and I hope you find your answer...Thanks for stopping by...Happy Pink