• Antique_Porcelain_Money-to-Burn_1

While this was sold to me as a hat pin holder, I am more inclined to think it is another match holder in the form of a wealthy gentleman. Mid nineteenth century, continental Europe.

His ample fur lined coat and the money bags he carries convey his privileged status. There are pierced holes in the rear stump where the matches would have been stored, hidden from view by his oversized coat.

Matches were luxuries when this was made. Out of reach for most. In that context, you might say that this represents a man with ‘money to burn’.

Thickly press moulded porcelain. Not quite up to the standards of a major factory in terms of modelling and enamel work.

10.5 cm in height.