Sparrow beak Creamer, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1770


This Worcester creamer is painted in overglaze enamels with a Chinese scholar and two attendants in a garden. The scholar, seated beneath a tree, is holding a rolled scroll in his lap. The inside rim is painted in underglaze blue with the so-called 'bubble border'.

The untypical enamel colours and freely-painted style suggests that this piece may have been the work of an independent decorator. It was not unusual for Worcester to sell blanks or partly decorated wares to external studios, such as that of James Giles in London.


Condition: Good - there is a tiny nick to the inside of the footrim, which is not visible when the creamer is displayed. No other damage and no restoration, just light surface wear and a 'kiln touch' manufacturing blemish which the decorator subsequently painted over (see final image below).

Dimensions: Height 8.3 cm

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


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