A Worcester Bowl, painted in famille rose enamels, circa 1755-56

This smallish early Worcester bowl with its everted rim, is finely enamelled in the famille rose palette with a flowering peony branch growing from a hollow rock beside a bright red fence. The reverse is painted with a further peony branch, a flying red insect linking the two scenes. The interior is painted with a floral sprig.

Provenance: The Frank Wheeldon Collection; the Crane Collection; an English Private Collection.

Condition: No chips or restoration, just a small flaw to the rim which may have occurred during manufacture.

Dimensions: Diameter 12.3 cm 

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