It is likely that the present vase did not take a cover. See Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramics Relief Decoration 1849-1992, Essex, 1992, p. 147 for a very similar uncovered example. It is also interesting to note that in June of 1871, Minton opened a separate account book for pâte-sur-pâte vases. Though incomplete, every entry in the log was numbered, the first denoted as NP 1 and the last entry for pâte-sur-pâte listed as NP 1434. The NP or New Pattern mark indicated new and trial wares. The present example is marked NP 1257.