Tea Bowl, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1758-60


This neatly potted Worcester tea bowl is painted in underglaze blue with the Chinese-inspired Prunus Root pattern. Flowering branches issue from the gnarled roots of a prunus tree, trailing around the exterior and across the lobed rim. Flying insects flutter around, and the interior base is painted with a floral sprig.

Workman's mark.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: There are two restored chips to the rim, one small and the other tiny, and restoration to a short curved hairline, also from the rim. There is a tiny frit to the footrim. No other damage or restoration.

Dimensions: Diameter 7.4 cm

Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790, Branyan, French & Sandon, I.D.27 (Barrie & Jenkins, 1989).

Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1996).


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