Teapot Stand, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1770

 

Transfer-printed over the glaze in black with Robert Hancock's L'Amour pattern, after Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger (1715-90), or one of his followers, and published by Francis Vivares. See the final image for the c.1754 engraving of L'Amour, inscribed 'Cochin filius inv'.

Versions of the design by different engravers appear on Bow and Pennington's wares. The design first appears at Worcester c.1757. Contemporary records refer to this mode of black printed decoration as 'jet enamelled'.

Decidedly rococo in flavour, 'conversation pieces' such as this were also influenced by the works of the French Huguenot painter, Philip Mercier, who was in turn inspired by Watteau's romantic outdoor scenes.

Unmarked.

Condition: Excellent - no chips, cracks or restoration, just very light wear in places.

Dimensions: Width 15.2 cm

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

The Origin of some Ceramic Designs, Aubrey J. Toppin (ECC Transactions, Volume 2, No. 10, plate XCVII).

 

   
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