This is a beautiful moulded and pierced stand for a chestnut basket made by Worcester between 1770 and 1775 in their 1st or "Dr Wall" period. The stand would have served to hold a chestnut basket with cover; these baskets were used for hot chestnuts, a popular dessert in the 18th Century. The cover of the basket would have been pierced just like the rim of this stand, to let the steam through and make sure the chestnuts wouldn't get soggy. The basket and cover have gotten lost but the dish by itself is still great for serving up food.


I have one more of these dishes available, but this has a broken handle that is currently being restored professionally. It will be available at a reduced price and please ask me if you are interested.


Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to create items in porcelain in the 18th Century. Alongside other great potteries such as Derby, Chelsea and Bow, they pioneered a new industry that would grow out to be huge in the following century. This cup and saucer are from the first period, which is often called the "Dr Wall" period after its founder. In later years Worcester went through many different ownerships and styles, and ultimately it became the Royal Worcester factory that only finished operation in the early 21st Century.


The porcelain used is characteristic for the period; it has a slightly cream/grey hue as it contains no or very little bone ash. It has a very particular sound when tapped, which is unique for items of this period.


This stand has beautiful pierced rims and two handles, which are realistically shaped like bent twigs including the blemishes that twigs usually have. The handles have little encrusted flowers where they meet the dish. The face of the stand is painted with a beautiful polychrome flower bouquet and some little dotted flowers, presumably to cover up blemishes in the glaze. The pierced rims look like they have been woven and they have been encrusted with pink flowers; this is a familiar pattern for this type of basket made by Worcester.


This is a great opportunity to own a rare item by one of the great potters from the 18th Century, and needless to say it is unusual to find one that has no significant damage or wear, and no repairs at all.


CONDITION REPORT CONDITION REPORT The stand is in near perfect condition with no structural damage and hardly any wear - just a few chips to the petals of the encrusted flowers. All colours are bright and fresh and there is no crazing.


Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.
There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS 27.5 X 21.5cm (10.75" X 8.5"); 3.5cm (1.5") high.


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. Please note that due to the pandemic shipping costs have generally gone up steeply, and although I use only the most reliable couriers, there can sometimes be some delays.

Worcester chestnut basket stand, pierced with flowers, 1770-1775

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