This is a rare and beautiful oval dish or tureen stand made by Worcester between 1765 and 1770 in their First or the "Dr Wall" period. The dish has a blue scale ground and gilded reserves with beautiful flower paintings. This dish is sold "As Found" (A/F) for a reduced price as it has a staple repair.

 

Worcester was one of the first potteries in Britain to create items in porcelain. 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.

 

This small oval dish could either be a small vegetable dish or perhaps a stand for a butter tub or cream pot. It is potted in early porcelain with a slightly cream/grey hue as it contains no or very little bone ash. It has a beautiful "blue scale" ground - as it was hard to fire a smooth blue ground, they created this mazarine blue "scaled" ground which has a wonderfully rich character and catches the light beautifully. The dish has white reserves that are bordered by very high quality gilt scrolls, and there are little gilt flowers on the blue scale ground. The reserves are filled with very beautiful hand painted flowers. It is possible that this dish was either painted in the London studio of James Giles, or it was made after 1768, when some painters from the Chelsea factory joined Worcester and brought there excellent skills. These flowers have been painted with exceptional skill.

 

The dish is marked with the underglaze blue "fret" mark, which is an imitation of Japanese marks.

 

CONDITION REPORT The dish has a crack and has a 19th Century staple repair holding this together. The crack is moderately visible on the face of the dish but does not distract much thanks to the decoration. The repair makes the dish entirely stable so it is fine to use. There is some light wear and a little imperfection to the underside of the rim; otherwise there is no damage.

 

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 19cm (7.5") X 14.5cm (5.75"), 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 oval dish, blue scale with flower reserves, 1765-1770 A/F

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