A Worcester circular dish from the Duke of Gloucester service (small restored rim chip)
Lot 112
A Worcester circular dish from the Duke of Gloucester service, circa 1775
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 35,683) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Worcester circular dish from the Duke of Gloucester service, circa 1775
The rim edged in green, painted in glowing colours with a central mushroom flanked by grapes, an apple, cherries, plums and blueberries on a bed of leaves, the border with five panels of fancy insects framed by interlocking blue and gilt scrollwork, alternating with single sprigs of fruit, 25.3cm diam, gold crescent mark (restored chip)


  • Provenance: Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (25 November 1743- 25 August 1805), the fifth child of Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha and Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of George II. When his brother George III became King on 25 October 1760, William Henry was created Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, and Earl of Connaught on 19 November 1764. On 6th September 1766 he married in secret the recently widowed Countess Waldergrave, which partially prompted the passing of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.

    The Worcester pattern clearly derives from a Chelsea prototype, almost certainly a set also made for William Henry, Duke of Gloucester but now known as the Duke of Cambridge Service. The Worcester set was made ten years after the Chelsea version and utilises painted scrollwork panels in place of the Chelsea moulded border.

    On his death in 1805, Duke William's personal effects were not left to his son and heir, Prince William Frederick, but instead they passed to his nephew, Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge. Both porcelain services, of Chelsea and Worcester, passed through the family of the Dukes of Cambridge and on 8 June 1904 were sold at Christie's. The 1904 Duke of Cambridge sale included seventy pieces of the Worcester service. Other pieces were passed to another descendant of George III. For a further discussion of the Duke of Gloucester Service see John Sandon, Worcester Porcelain at Cheekwood (1988), fig 48. Another circular dish of identical size to the present lot is in the British Museum, illustrated by Aileen Dawson, The Art of Worcester Porcelain (2007), fig 47
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