A rare Worcester teapot and cover circa 1765-68

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Lot 46
A rare Worcester teapot and cover circa 1765-68

Sold for £ 3,840 (US$ 5,299) inc. premium
A rare Worcester teapot and cover
circa 1765-68
Of plain globular shape with a flower finial, the stippled 'powder blue' ground reserving panels painted in underglaze blue with the 'Fisherman in a Fan-Shaped Panel' pattern, the two primary panels both featuring a fisherman in a sampan by a simple island, the smaller circular reserves each painted with a single flower sprig, the panels framed with delicate gilding and slight gold foliage, 13.3cm (5 1/4in) high, marked both with a square and a crescent in blue (very minor chipping to petals of flower finial only) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: from an American collection, sold at Christie's 5 June 1978, lot 117. Subsequently in the collection of Sir Seton Wills at Littlecote, sold by Albert Amor Ltd, October-November 1984, catalogue number 23. This pattern usually occurs without the gilding, for example the ungilded teapot and cover in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain illustrated by Branyan, French and Sandon (1981/1989), pattern I.B.26 and also by Henry Sandon (1969), pl. 92. A small number of matching teawares are known with this gilded pattern. A sucrier and cover in the Frank Lloyd collection in the British Museum is illustrated by R.L.Hobson (1923) pl. 2, fig. 5 and also by R.L. Hobson (1910) pl. 40. A matching teabowl and saucer is illustrated by H Rissik Marshall (1954), pl. 24, fig. 539. A similar coffee cup was shown in Albert Amor Ltd’s autumn exhibition, 2002, fig. 71. The curious combination of a square mark and a crescent mark used together occurs only on powder blue-ground wares with underglaze blue panels.
A rare Worcester teapot and cover circa 1765-68
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