don't know whether the lady has sunk to her knees with the arrival of the latest gas bill - or is it something to do with whatever the contents of this piece wud have been. Just can't think for the moment - is she reading something?? Is it a biscuit barrel - but they are usually round - or might it be an ice bucket. I have tried some research, but didn't get very far. Un-marked, and no other clue to origin really. Reacts well to the U.V. torch. Suppose, looking at the dress it is somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Some reasonable wear to the base, but being a bit thick forgot to photo. The base is the usual matt flat rim (about 6mm wide). Height is about 19.5 cms. and about 12.5 cms. wide. Don't even know if its English. I'm sure someone will tell me fairly quickly, and thanks for looking. Paul S.