A very rare Worcester mug, circa 1756
Lot 77
A very rare Worcester mug, circa 1756
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,521) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very rare Worcester mug, circa 1756
Of slightly tapering cylindrical shape with a grooved loop handle, painted in a distinctive palette with three Chinese musicians playing European musical instruments, a 'Long Eliza' lady plays a guitar and a dancing man poses with castanets, another seated man holds a songsheet, a violin and bow lies in the foreground in front of a red trellis bridge linking an island with a willow tree, a jar containing an umbrella and a fan standing to one side, numerous tiny birds flying all around, 12cm high (cracks extending from a restored rim section)


  • Provenance: The R. David Butti Collection. Sold in these rooms, Phillips 13 June 2000, lot 345.

    A bell shaped mug of the same pattern was in the Sir Seton Wills collection, Albert Amor October-November 1984, fig. 7. Another was exhibited by Robyn Robb in her 2005 exhibition, catalogue no. 6. These mugs form part of an interesting group of Worcester pieces painted probably outside of the factory. The porcelain blanks supplied by Worcester tend to be 'seconds' and the painter disguised firing faults, often with flocks of tiny birds. In this case the seated figure is painted on top of a glaze blemish.
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