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Post by juniorj2012 on December 13th 2019, 7:39 pm

I have acquired this very lovely little dish today

It looks very Art Nouveau in style

It looks very like soapstone to me - but, I really have no idea. I think it has been made to look like that

The colour is a pale sort of peach tone, with darker pink speckles

It has initials on the base. It is either MQ or PW perhaps - within a circle

7.25" width / 7.5" length

Weight: 490g - I didn't realise it is so heavy. I could possibly be a sculpture?

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Post by NaomiM on December 13th 2019, 7:52 pm

I can’t tell without picking it up if it’s heavy enough to be stone (stone is significantly heavier than pottery or stoneware) but it looks like it has a glaze on the surface, and inscribing a mark like that in stone is difficult; more likely it was drawn in wet clay.
Possibly made in Portugal and retailed by Neuwirth. The mark looks like PW or DW but I don’t know the potter.

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Post by juniorj2012 on December 13th 2019, 8:25 pm

No, I dont know either - it does weigh nearly half a kilo

I agree, would be difficult to inscribe a signature like that on stone

This is why I suggest it has been made to look like soap stone - its very lovely never the less

I will follow your lead and take a look at what you have suggested. thank you
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