Sweetmeat Dish, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1755


This moulded Worcester sweetmeat dish of deep shell form is painted with a hairy caterpillar, winged insects, a spray of lily of the valley, and wild strawberries. This style of insect and flower painting is very much in the manner of the Meissen artist, Johann Gottfried Klinger. The rim is decorated in pink with feuilles de choux.

Probably based on a silver shape, this particular form of rococo shell dish was produced only at Lund's Bristol, Worcester and John Pennington's Liverpool factory.


Provenance: With Newman & Newman Ltd., London, 1971; Christie's, London, The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall, 5 November, 2008, lot 282; an English Private Collection.

Condition: The glaze on the centre of the underside has retracted, or 'crawled', during the firing process, revealing an area of the biscuit porcelain. The glaze has pooled slightly both within the footrim and beneath the undulating rim. It is possible that the glaze fused within the saggar, making it necessary to polish away any damage caused to the footrim when the dish was removed from the kiln. There are two 0.5 cm glaze cracks to the footrim, and evidence of two small chips, now polished out, also to the footrim. Other minor firing flaws include a small kiln 'touch' to the scroll handle and tiny clay tears. No restoration.

Dimensions: Width 12.5 cm

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


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