A superb early Worcester coffee pot and cover circa 1753-4

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Lot 26
A superb early Worcester coffee pot and cover circa 1753-4

Sold for £ 32,400 (US$ 44,937) inc. premium
A superb early Worcester coffee pot and cover
circa 1753-4
Of small size with a plain baluster body and S-shaped handle with a curled thumbrest, the footrim and the finial both neatly turned, painted in famille rose with a scene of two pheasants, one on the ground in front of a forked rock, on top of which the other proudly spreads its tail, branches of flowering peony and daisies spread from the pale blue rockwork, a low hedge of brown grass stretches behind, the complete design repeated on the reverse of the coffee pot and the same rockwork without the birds is painted on the cover, further daisy and peony sprigs decorate the spout, 17.3cm (6 7/8in) high, a single incised line cut into the footrim (a small, flake-like chip under the rim of the cover only) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: the Selwyn Parkinson collection, sold at Sotheby's 29 March 1966, lot 8. Subsequently in the collection of Mrs F Shand Kydd and the John P. Raison collection, sold at Christie's 2 November 1998, lot 97. It was shown in the English Ceramic Circle 50th Anniversary exhibition in 1977, fig. 163. This remarkable coffee pot is the finest surviving example of this genre, copied by Worcester directly from Chinese famille rose porcelain of the Yongzheng period. A larger coffee pot of the same pattern was in the Zorensky collection, part 1, 16 March 2004, lot 20. A matching saucer dish was also in the Zorensky collection, part 3, lot 13 and these are discussed together by John Sandon and Simon Spero (1996), figs. 4 and 5. The Worcester factory adapted the pattern to create a more formal version, seen on a mug sold in these rooms, Phillips 17 September 1997, lot 239 and on a cream jug in the Zorensky collection, Sandon and Spero (1996), fig. 12.
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