A Worcester Sweetmeat Dish, circa 1756-58

This moulded Worcester sweetmeat dish of deep shell form is painted in the style of Meissen with a large central flower spray, including a pink rose. The rim is decorated in puce with feuilles de choux.

Probably based on a silver shape, this particular form of rococo shell dish was produced only at Lund’s Bristol, Worcester and John Pennington’s Liverpool factory.


A similar scallop shell in The Klepser Collection (no.57) is housed at the Seattle Art Museum (94.103.57). A very similar example was in the Crane Collection, sold at Bonhams, London, 31 March, 2010, lot 202.

Provenance: An English Private Collection. 

Condition: There is some very minor surface wear to the interior, from use, and also a tiny glaze flake to the rose. There are three small chips to the foot rim. No other damage and no restoration.

Dimensions: Width 12.5 cm

Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection, Simon Spero (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts / Lund Humphries, 1984), p.60, no.57.

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