Teapot Stand, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1765


Of the few Quail patterns found on Worcester porcelain, this particular version is perhaps the most faithful to its Japanese and Meissen origin. The border of tight scrolling foliage in red appears to derive from Bow versions of the pattern from the 1750s, where it was known as the Partridge pattern.

In Japanese culture, the quail is a symbol of autumn and moonlight, and they first began to appear on Kakiemon porcelain during the late 1600s.


Condition: There is a short 2.5 cm hairline from the rim. This may have started life as a manufacturing fault, which extended slightly, and is just visible to the left of the flowers in the final image. There is also some surface wear to the decoration and glaze, consistent with use.

Dimensions: Width 14.3 cm

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


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