toad; grotesque

Dunmore Pottery
Grotesque toad, sometimes called a frog these were used as planter sometimes for fern planting (it does not have drainage holes). They are sometimes described as vases.This one has moulded skin detailing and webbed feet. Circles feature prominently. As well as moulding, both sides of the mouth have been cut out. Green, brown and yellow external glaze.
Stamped "DUNMORE" on the under side, partly obscured by a bubble in the glaze that has run to this point.
Dunmore made these in a number of sizes and colours, they toad/frog is the Chinese grotesque three-legged lucky money frog, a traditional symbol of prosperity and well-being. An alternative version has the same frog in a seated position with its head raised and mouth open to hold flowers.
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Dimensions:0 - Whole:H 14cm (H 5 1/2")
Dimensions:0 - Whole:L 17.3cm (L 6 13/16")
Dimensions:0 - Whole:W 10.8cm (W 4 1/4")
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