Worcester chestnut basket stand, blue on white pine cone pattern, ca 1770
This is a rare dish made by Worcester around 1770 in their 1st or "Dr Wall" period. It was originally a stand for a chestnut basket but it serves beautifully in its own right. 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 dish is charmingly moulded like a woven basket and there are encrusted porcelain flowers around all the handles. The handles are realistically shaped like bent twigs including the blemishes that twigs usually have. The centre of the dish is painted with a beautiful flower bouquet of flowers, fruits, chestnuts and pine cones - this pattern is called the "pine cone" pattern. The dish is marked with the underglaze blue Crescent mark. CONDITION REPORT The dish is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs, crazing or wear other than a few missing flower petals, which is common for this type of encrusted porcelain flowers. 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. 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 26.7 X 21cm (10.5" X 8.25"). This item is in the category "Pottery, Ceramics & Glass\Decorative Cookware & Tableware\Plates". The seller is "rattlethecups" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Handmade: Yes
- Colour: Blue
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Style: Georgian
- Material: Bone China, Ceramic, Porcelain
- Theme: Flower
- Pattern: Flowers
- Type: Basket Stand
- Features: Date-Lined
- Antique: Yes
- Vintage: No
- Origin: British
- Set Includes: Serving Dish
- Brand: Worcester
- Original/Licensed Reproduction: Original
- Time Period Manufactured: 1750-1799