Leaf-shaped Dish, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1770

 

The shape of this dessert dish, with its two overlapping moulded cabbage leaves, derives from Meissen. Painted with winged insects, a mushroom, hazelnuts, apples, currants, cherries and a damson, the stalks are picked out in puce and entwined to form a handle, all within a gilt line rim.

This style of decoration, with its loosely arranged fruit and insects, is certainly the work of an independent decorator painting in the manner of Giles, upturned mushrooms and butterflies with spotted, outstretched wings being very much signatures of the Giles studio.

In use from the middle part of the 1750s, dishes such as this were issued in several sizes, although production does seem to have been restricted to Worcester alone amongst English factories.

Unmarked.

Condition: Good - just light surface wear to the enamel decoration and gilt line from use, and a small firing flaw to the rim. No damage or restoration.

Dimensions: Length 26.5 cm

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

 

         
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