Every once in a while, I run across a pot on the web and wonder about making one similar.
Here's a rather strange one.
I wonder who designed it and why.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Saint-Cloud_porcelain shows a detailed photo of the piece.
The side portions are designed to be flower holders.
They would keep a stemmed flower upright. Daffodils? Tulips?
But what are the four other holes in the middle for?
Maybe to hold cord for a hanging pot? That would then mean it wasn't designed it sit on a table as a centerpiece. But somehow, it doesn't look like a hanging pot either.
This was made in a period of highly experimental china making. So who knows how it was used. One thing I know, pieces were not made with holes without a reason.....so I like to imagine: An elaborate Dutch shoulder yoke sat between two of these pots suspended with cords?
A search for St. Cloud yields several short articles about the company and lists collections that pieces can be found in, but not much else.