Saucer Dish, Richard Chaffers, Liverpool, soft paste porcelain, c.1758


This Chaffers saucer dish is beautifully enamelled with a Chinese garden scene in famille rose style. A flowering peony grows from out of hollow blue rockwork, the branches trained over a green-scrolled arch and attached trellis. Two small red squirrels scurry amongst the foliage. The outer rim is decorated with a border of alternate diaper and demi-flower head panels.

The artists employed at the Chaffers manufactory were particularly accomplished in faithfully recreating Chinese famille rose designs.


Provenance: The Crane Collection; an English Private Collection.

Condition: No chips, cracks or restoration. There is some surface wear to the enamel decoration from use. The centre of the dish dipped slightly during the manufacturing process.

Dimensions: Diameter 19.1 cm

Liverpool Porcelain 1756-1804, Maurice Hillis (2011).

Liverpool Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, Bernard M. Watney (Richard Dennis, 1997).


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