Ivy leaf-shaped Pickle Dish, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1755-60


This pickle dish is painted in underglaze blue with the Two-Peony Rock Bird pattern. Leafy scrolls and pendants are arranged around the outer edge. The stalk and veins of the ivy leaf are naturalistically moulded on the underside.

Made in a number of sizes, this type of leaf shape originated at Lund's Bristol, and probably corresponds with the 'Fig Leaves' listed in the 1755-56 London warehouse list for Worcester.

As with shell dishes, this form was intended for the serving of pickles and sweetmeats at the dining tables of the wealthy.

Workman's mark.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, just firing and glazing impurities.

Dimensions: Length 10.3 cm

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


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