An important Worcester coffee pot and cover, circa 1753-54

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Lot 70
An important Worcester coffee pot and cover, circa 1753-54

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 34,356) inc. premium
An important Worcester coffee pot and cover, circa 1753-54
Of baluster form with a scrolled handle, the low-domed cover with a mushroom finial, painted in tones of blue with the 'Man with a Parasol' pattern (I A 25), a seated Chinese figure enjoying the shade with two birds in flight above, the reverse with a figure leaning on a fence, flanked by bamboo, rockwork and flowering plants, the spout with peacock feather- like motifs, 17.9cm high, workman's mark (2)

Footnotes

  • The 'Man with a Parasol' is one of a closely related group of very rare Chinoiserie patterns from the early period of production at Worcester, all featuring well characterised and detailed figural painting. The design is recorded on a punch pot and cover illustrated by Branyan, French and Sandon, Worcester Blue and White Porcelain (1990), p.73. The seated figure is found, in combination with elements of other patterns, on the cover of a tureen of the 'Giant Chinaman/ Mistress and Slave' pattern (I A 25A), illustrated at p.74. The pattern on the reverse of the punch pot is the 'Man with a Lunchbox' (I A 24) which also forms part of the design on the cover of the tureen. The scene on the reverse of the present lot was not recorded by Branyan, French and Sandon but appears on a coffee pot and cover of slightly smaller size from the Geoffrey Godden Collection, sold in these rooms 30 June 2010, lot 55. As is often the case in the early period, there are some differences in the details of the fence and surrounding plants, perhaps explained by the difference in size of the vessels. Both coffee pots share the same rarely seen and elaborate workman's mark and the same peacock feather-like motifs on the spout. These provide a link with earlier Lund's Bristol and Limehouse porcelain, such as the octagonal teapot from the Billie Pain Collection, sold in these rooms on 26 November 2003, lot 89.
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An important Worcester coffee pot and cover, circa 1753-54
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