A Worcester moulded Dish, circa 1765

Of oval shape and moulded in relief with arcaded, overlapping basket-weave (ozier) against a honeycomb ground, this dessert dish is decorated with a printed floral bouquet of European flowers, smaller sprays and winged insects. The two handles are formed from rustic stems with moulded vine leaf terminals.

Popularised by Meissen and used by both Chelsea during the Red Anchor period and Worcester during the 1760s, the shape is derived from that of a silver form.

The pattern is recorded by Branyan, French and Sandon as the Natural Sprays Group

Provenance: Albert Amor.

Crescent mark.

Condition: Excellent – no chips, cracks or restoration.

Dimensions: Length 30 cm 

Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790, Branyan, French & Sandon, II.C.7 (Barrie & Jenkins, 1989).

Zoomorphic, Phyllomorphic and Marine forms, a paper read by Paul Crane, published in Scrolls of Fantasy: The Rococo and Ceramics in England, c.1735-1775 (English Ceramic Circle, 2015).