An exceptional pair of Worcester vases and covers, circa 1765

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Lot 321
An exceptional pair of Worcester vases and covers, circa 1765

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 33,386) inc. premium
An exceptional pair of Worcester vases and covers, circa 1765
Of hexagonal form with mushroom finials, richly decorated in Japan style with panels of dragon-like beasts coiled about a bamboo stalk, alternating with two beasts in flight around a tree, reserved on a rare 'shagreen' ground, the shoulders with panels of red diaper and dense scrollwork picked out in gold, 30cm high (one cover with chip to inner flange and finial reattached) (4)

Footnotes

  • This lot belongs to a small group of hexagonal Worcester vases with closely related decoration in kakiemon style reserved on 'shagreen' grounds. All show subtle differences in the border designs and density of decoration within the panels. One pair from the Phelps and Zorensky Collections was sold by Bonhams, 16 March 2004, lot 162. Single vases from the group are illustrated by R.L.Hobson, Worcester Porcelain (1910), frontispiece and H.Rissik Marshall, Coloured Worcester Porcelain (1954), pl.41, no.853. Another from the Rous Lench Collection was sold by Christie's, 30 May 1990, lot 506. A related pair with a white ground in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is illustrated by Murray Hooper and Robert Robertson, Worcester Porcelain Two Australian Collections (2016), p.17, fig.6.
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