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A Worcester First Period Porcelain Oval Pierced Basket

Heading : A Worcester First Period Porcelain oval pierced Basket
Date : 1765-1770
Period : George III
Marks : Underglaze blue seal mark
Origin : Worcester, England
Colour : Polychrome
Pattern : The interior with Oriental flowers within a blue scale surround
Features : Slender stalk handles
Condition : Some wear to green enamel on handles otherwise good
Restoration :
One brown flowerhead with yellow centre seen below the handle terminal restored. See the image detail. A piece of frit has created a bubble in the glaze inside the bowl,

Dimensions : Height to top of handle 10cm, length 23cm, width 18.2cm
Weight : 540 grams

Eric Knowles Comments

The application of the blue scale internal surround alongside the use of green stalk handles in preference to the more usual gnarled examples might be considered  unusual on an oval basket of this type. The restoration mentioned was carried out at our request and in our opinion is incredibly difficult to differentiate from the original on the opposite side.

Circular and ovoid baskets with the sides made from interlocking circles were first made by Worcester in 1758. The florets on the external surfaces are not merely decorative. They were applied to strengthen the intersections once the basket was pierced. They are often referred to as "chestnut baskets" but their purpose may have been no more than decorative.


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  • Product Code: 20080910
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  • £675.00

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