An exceptional early Worcester bowl circa 1752
Lot 14
An exceptional early Worcester bowl circa 1752
Sold for £19,200 (US$ 32,271) inc. premium
Lot Details
An exceptional early Worcester bowl
circa 1752
Strongly moulded with eight wide, petal shaped panels, enamelled in a famille verte palette with a series of exotic plants in bright colours growing from gnarled roots and rockwork in two tones of green and opaque blue, 19.5cm-20cm (7 3/4in-7 7/8in) diam (two small areas of restoration to the rim)


  • Provenance: sold at Sotheby's 24 February 1987, lot 96. This bowl is illustrated by Errol Manners and Hugo Morley-Fletcher (1997), p. 144, fig. 2. Two closely related bowls are in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain. One of these, with similar flower painting, was exhibited by Albert Amor Ltd, Worcester Porcelain, The First Decade, 1981, fig. 3 and also illustrated by H Rissik Marshall (1954), pl. 3, fig. 47. The other one, with an internal border, is illustrated by Henry Sandon (1969), pl. 12 and Franklin Barrett (1966), pl. 9B. A blue and white bowl of the same shape is illustrated by Bernard Watney (1973), fig. 23c and was sold in these rooms from the Watney collection 18 September 1996, lot 244. The painting ultimately derives from Chinese famille verte of the Kangxi period, although this has been combined with famille rose and Japanese elements in a manner unique to Worcester.
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