Rare Tea Bowl and Saucer, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1762-65

 

This attractive Worcester tea bowl and saucer are transfer-printed over the glaze in purple with the rare Windmill pattern, in which a European traveller and his dog stand before a gatehouse and look towards the eponymous mill and a distant mountain.

Unmarked.

The custom for upper-class gentlemen to visit Europe during the Eighteenth Century in order to complete their education fuelled an interest in printed patterns such as this. This decorative idiom was enormously popular at Worcester during this period, and similar rural designs are often combined with scenes of classical ruins familiar with those who had made the Grand Tour.

Provenance: The Capell Collection; The Raymond Dennis Collection.

Condition: Excellent - no chips, cracks or restoration, just tiny potting flaws. The prints are good and clear.

Dimensions: Saucer - Diameter 12 cm

Some Unrecorded or Rare Transfer-Printed Pieces, G.W. Capell (Connoisseur, December 1953).

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

 

     
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