Knife and Fork, Bow, soft paste porcelain, c.1755


Of pistol-grip form, the hafts are moulded with a design of rococo C-scrolls, attractively painted in underglaze blue with panels of floral sprigs surrounded by hatched scrolls. The knife has a curved steel blade, and the fork has three tines on a steel baluster stem. Silver ferrules. The blade is stamped HIGDEN(?).

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: Both hafts have sections securely restuck, hairlines, minor glaze losses and wear. The steel fittings are good and sharp.

Dimensions: Length of knife 20.6 cm (including blade); Length of fork 18 cm (including tines)

Bow Porcelain: The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, A. Gabszewicz & G. Freeman (Lund Humphries, 1982).

A Review of Bow and Worcester Knife and Fork Hafts, Tony Stevenson (ECC Transactions, vol. 13, no. 3, 1989).

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




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