An Isleworth saucer, Chinese boys and scrollwork print
Lot 85
An Isleworth saucer, circa 1770-80
Sold for £2,160 (US$ 3,630) inc. premium
Lot Details
An Isleworth saucer, circa 1770-80
Printed in blue with the 'Garçons Chinois' pattern of two Chinese boys climbing among eccentric rococo scrollwork, a tree growing tall in the centre and a pagoda across a river in the distance, the rim edged in blue, 12.1cm diam


  • Provenance: Simon Spero exhibition 2001, catalogue fig. 43. Illustrated by Geoffrey Godden, English Blue and White Porcelain (2004), colour pl 61 and pl. 299A. Another example is in the British Museum (1928.2-13.3), and a further teabowl and saucer, in the National Museum of Wales, is illustrated by Geoffrey Godden (2004, op cit), pl. 299. This shows minute differences, indicating more than one copper plate was in use at the factory. A fragment of this very distinctive pattern was found on the Isleworth site, leading to a reattribution of what has long been a problem pattern. The present example is also illustrated by Massey, Pearce and Howard, Isleworth Pottery and Porcelain (2003), pp. 68-69, fig. 105.