Fork haft, Bow, soft paste porcelain, c.1752

 

Of small size, for use with game, the rare blanc de chine haft is moulded with flowers and terminates in the delightful form of a parrot's head. Fitted with a silver scalloped ferrule and steel tines.

Provenance: The Bernard Watney Collection; an English Private Collection.

Condition: There are obvious cracks to the haft and wear to the glaze on the moulded high points, but no restoration. There are dimples to the silver ferrule.

Dimensions: Length 17.1 cm (including tines)

A review of Bow and Worcester knife and fork hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 13, no. 3, 1989).

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco - The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).

 

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