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Duncan Vessel and Lid


Duncan Vessel and Lid features an European antique porcelain lid from the 1800’s that is missing its base.  It is a gift to my friend and mentor, Bob Duncan, who is a Deacon in his church.   Notice the small crosses in the lid design.  The overall size is 3 inch diameter by 3 high.

I bought 40 antique hand painted European and Asian porcelain lids made in the 1700 and 1800′s that were missing their bases. The new replacement base is Maple. I hope you enjoy this collaboration with artists from the past. It was a two year journey developing a wood base for each lid.  There are an infinite amount of design decisions and choices to be made.

Antiquing Find

My wife and I were weekend antiquing and we came across these lids missing bases in an upscale antique store.  Curious as to why the lids are on display, I asked the shop owner for more information.  He explains to that many dealers have drawers filled with antique lids expecting that one day they will find the matching base and make a great return on their lid investment.  I tell him that I am a wood turner and that I can make new bases for the lids.  He agrees to sell me eight pieces.  When I return a few weeks later to show him the results, I gift him the one he most favors.

I then ask to purchase the remaining lids. He basically gifts them to me with the promise that I show him the developing series.

If you like Duncan Vessel and Lid here is a link to another piece in the series Antique Collaboration

Unique Gift Ideas

Take a look in my Etsy store for a one of a kind gift ideas.


I design and produce my items in my Montvale New Jersey USA studio. My favorite machine is the wood lathe, but I will spend as much time at the workbench doing finishing work to add decoration.


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