Heading : Antique Worcester porcelain polychrome small mug
Date : 1770-80
Period : George III
Marks : None
Origin : Worcester, England
Colour : Polychrome
Pattern : Mandarin
Features : Soft paste porcelain mug with hand painted decoration and puce and black scrolls within a gilded border
Condition : Very good, slight wear to the onglaze decoration
Restoration : None
Dimensions : 8.5cm tall by 9.8cm in diameter including the handle
Weight : 170 grams
Mandarin pattered English porcelain is widely admired, especially when the pattern contains animals which are uncommon.
Additional information : The Long Eliza pattern is one of many patterns copied directly from Chinese porcelain. The name comes from the adaptation of mei jen, the term used in China to describe these elongated ladies. This term became Lange Lijzen when used in Dutch delftware and from this the term Long Eliza was born.
References : Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790 the Zorensky Collection By Simon Spero and John Sandon - Page 151 (The long Eliza pattern)
The 2014 catalogue for the Hanscombe collection includes three items comprising a teapot, sparrowbeak jug and a coffee cup. Each piece has the large gilt scrolled panels , black foliage within oval panels and reserves painted in puce monochrome.
The pieces detailed in Stephen Hanscombe's paper to the ECC in October 2013 entitled
" Some oriental patterns attributable to the Giles workshop". This was published in ECC volume 25 in 2014. Although he states that:
" Due to the combination of type B flowers and the Chinese - style decoration surrounding the handle on the sparrow beak jug, there seems to be little doubt that the Giles workshop was responsible for decoration in this particular style".
It seems he considered the sparrow beak jug is a "link" to Giles when considering other pieces bearing the same decoration around the handles as with the teapot and coffee cup shown in the attached pictures.
A further area considered by Hanscombe when attributing the pieces to Giles is the gilding. As evidence he compares a factory made teapot (on the left in the image with two teapots) with the teapot from his own collection. Although the factory made teapot is also painted with similar decoration around the handle there are differences in the scrolls edging and in the black foliage within the small cartouches. However the greatest difference is in the gilt scroll - work. Hanscombe states that:-
"... That on the teapot at 8B which may now be considered to be the Giles version, is thin and dull especially in the case of the scroll - work which fills the panel. It is somewhat randomly placed. The gilding on what is presumably a factory version is thicker and brighter and the scroll work within the panel is more carefully and regularly placed. It has also been used to form four symmetrically placed flowerhead - type patterns on each side of both of the small cartouches".