Very rare Knife and Fork, Chelsea, soft paste porcelain, Red Anchor period, c.1752-53

 

Decorated with panels edged with reeding, the pistol-shape porcelain hafts are painted with small ombrierte (shadowed) insects in the style of Meissen. These include butterflies, moths, and ladybirds.

This knife and fork is illustrated in A Review of Chelsea, Chelsea, Derby and Derby Knife and Fork Hafts, where the author Tony Stevenson describes them as being two of only three known Chelsea hafts decorated with insects in this manner.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: No damage and no restoration. There is some expected wear to the enamel decoration from use. There are minute pinholes from manufacture, and very light crazing to the glaze. The scalloped silver ferrules have one or two small dimples. The fittings are good.

Dimensions: Length of knife 27.8 cm (including blade); Length of fork 21.9 cm (including tines)

A Review of Chelsea, Chelsea, Derby and Derby Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 14, no. 1, 1990), illustrated plate 9. a & b.

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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