Vase, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1770


This fine Worcester vase of ovoid form is decorated in a rich Kakiemon palette with panels of Ho-Ho birds, chrysanthemums and leafy bamboo.

With its combination of Japanese, Chinese and European influences, the decoration and design of this vase encapsulates something of the celebrated creativity unique to Worcester. The fine potting, probably based on a Meissen shape, together with the equisitely detailed painted decoration and ornate gilding would have required the considerable skills of several craftspeople, making this vase enormously costly to produce.

Blue seal mark.

Condition: No damage or restoration, the gilding and enamel decoration in pristine order.

Dimensions: Height 20 cm

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


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