Knife haft, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, c.1750


This large Chelsea white porcelain haft is moulded with entwined trailing flowers, similar to those found on Chelsea tea-plant moulded wares and with which this knife haft is contemporary.

Fitted in the Nineteenth Century as a paper knife with an ornate, foliate-engraved gilt-metal scimitar blade and ferrule.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, just some minor sanding from manufacture.

Dimensions: Length 28 cm (including blade)

Chelsea Porcelain, Elizabeth Adams (Barrie & Jenkins, 1987).

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


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