Base for playing card box, porcelain (bone china), made by Doulton & Co, Burslem, England, 1891-1902
A rectangular box for playing cards, made from moulded, white, fine bone china, decorated with the symbols of the four suits in a deck of cards. Four square feet rise to four concave sides, with a slightly flaring rim. A central, circular hole sits in the floor of the box. The exterior of the box is painted pale brown and each side has a central relief decoration of a club, spade, diamond or heart, in pale brown and outlined in gold. A band of moulded hearts extends around the top of the box, just below the rim and each base corner is decorated with a moulded scroll decoration, outlined in gold. The base and rim are edged in gold. The interior of the box is plain white.
Maker's trademark on base, transfer printed in green, crown surmounting irregular circle shape, with text 'DOULTON / BURSLEM' encircling central motif of four interlooping 'D's, with text 'ENGLAND' beneath. Starburst paper label adhered to base, written in pencil 'D / X/-'.