Rare Spoon, Derby, soft paste porcelain, c.1758

 

Decorated in underglaze blue and moulded as a scallop shell, the stem of this rare Derby porcelain spoon terminates in a leafy scroll. The centre of the bowl is painted with a stylised flower head surrounded by a zigzag border, and there is a floral motif painted on the stem. Both sides of the ladle are moulded.

Unmarked.

This spoon would probably have been used for serving either cream or sugar during the dessert course of a meal.

Provenance: The Liane Richards Collection.

Condition: One small chip to the rim of the bowl, and very light staining.

Dimensions: Length 18.4 cm

For an identical spoon, see Eight Days in June catalogue, Roderick Jellicoe, p.13, 2008.

Gilbert Bradley, Ceramics of Derbyshire 1750-1975, 1978.

John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain 1748-1848, Antique Collectors' Club, 2002.

Geoffrey A. Godden, Godden's Guide to Blue and White Porcelain, Antique Collectors' Club, 2004.

 

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