Sir William Holburne may not have known quite what he was buying when he acquired this object. The Museum's information card says:
"It is likely that Sir William Holburne bought it fully assembled so never knew of the inscription inside or its intended use... The lively scenes were probably painted by renowned Meissen decorator Johann George Heintze. One derives from Jean-Antoine Watteau's, La Surprise (c. 1718); the other may come from La Fontaine's fables."
Guesses as to what it might be - answer tomorrow - Bath residents barred from the competition :-)
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