Two Worcester Forks, circa 1760


Both hafts are decorated with loosely painted bouquets, scattered sprays, and insects, including spotted yellow beetles. This style of decoration is very much in the manner of Meissen.

Polychrome decoration is comparatively rare when it comes to Worcester knife and fork hafts as, unlike with hard-wearing underglaze blue decoration, the delicate onglaze enamels were prone to rubbing with continuous use.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

Condition: No damage or restoration. There is surprisingly little wear to the enamel decoration, and the fittings and scalloped ferrules are in good order.

Dimensions: Length 18.8 cm (including tines)

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

Cutlery: From Gothic to Art Deco – The J. Hollander Collection, Jan van Trigt (Petraco-Pandora NV, 1999).

Ref. The Zorensky Collection included a knife and fork in this pattern (fig.113).