Bowl, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1765


This bowl, with its iron-red and gilt spearhead border, is finely painted with the attractive Pu-Tai pattern, a design copied directly from the Chinese original. In addition to the eponymous deity, the pattern also depicts three other Immortals, including Guanyin, goddess of compassion, who is seen holding the lotus flower.


The pattern first appeared on Worcester porcelain in around 1757-58 and continued until the mid-1760s. The image of Pu-Tai, the jovial, pot-bellied Buddhist monk, has come to represent Buddha in Chinese art. For a rare moulded teapot decorated with this pattern, see The Zorensky Collection, no.116.

Condition: No damage or restoration, just wear to the interior base from use.

Dimensions: Diameter 14.8 cm

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


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