Small Bowl, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1753-55


An early Worcester bowl of small size, painted in underglaze blue with the Plantation pattern, the design over-painted in red, blue, turquoise and green enamels. The use of turquoise is interesting as it is a colour found infrequently on porcelain, although it does occur on some Staffordshire white salt-glazed stonewares of the early 1750s.

Three contemporary Worcester mugs are recorded with this polychrome decoration, at least one of which bears a red enamel workman's mark, strongly suggesting that the over-painting was carried out at the factory at the time of production.

Incised line mark.

Provenance: F.W. Bowles, Leicester, no.109.

Condition: Good - no damage or restoration, just a small area of light staining to the rim, and typical glaze and potting flaws from manufacture.

Dimensions: Diameter 10.2 cm

Refs. For the mugs see Bonhams, London, November 13, 2013, lot 177; Phillips, London, June 6, 2001, lot 259, for an example from the Knowles Boney Collection; and Sotheby's, London, November 24, 1970, lot 6. A pair of Staffordshire white salt-glazed peacocks decorated with turquoise enamel, c.1750-55, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (414:868/A-1885).

Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790, Branyan, French & Sandon (Barrie & Jenkins, 1989).

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


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