Worcester octagonal teabowl & saucer, famille verte, c. 1753.
An exceptionally fine and early Worcester porcelain teabowl and saucer, c. 1753. Both of the thinly potted , octagonal pieces, very carefully drawn in famille verte enamels, after a Kangxi original, with alternating panels of vases, precious objects, and feathers, within iron red, hatched zig zag borders.
The saucer, particularly well painted with a central roundel, containing insects flying above flowering plants.
A single flowering plant to the inside of the tea bowl.
Workman’s mark in black enamel to both items.
Diameter of saucer – 11 cm, 4 1/4”.
Height of teabowl – 4.5 cm, 1 3/4”.
Width of teabowl – 7.1 cm, 2 3/4”.
Condition – Minute chip to rim of teabowl. Otherwise excellent condition.
Some authorities suggest that items of this type, may have been made to satiate the appetite of the connoisseur collector of porcelain at this time, rather than for domestic use. The shape, and care taken over the painting of the pattern is such a faithful representation of those pieces manufactured in China during the Kangxi period, and so appreciated in Europe.