A Rare Chelsea Triple Scent Bottle and Stoppers in the Form of a Hen and Chicks

A Rare Chelsea Triple Scent Bottle and Stoppers in the Form of a Hen and Chicks, the group are modelled standing on a mound painted with flowers and a gilt-dental border while one chick is perched upon a painted tree stump and another under the hen pecking the ground. A large floral spray is painted on the underside. The hen and chicks’ plumage are painted in variegated hues of puce, brown, and yellow. Their three detachable heads, gilt-mounted with chains, serve as three separate stoppers. Their painted beaks are closed, black eyes open, outlined in iron-red with comb and wattles further enhanced by iron-red colour.

Circa 1755

Dimensions
Height: 2⅞ ins. (7.3 cms.)

Literature
This example is illustrated in Jeffrey Tulman, Ars Ceramica (2019), no. 31, p. 73, fig. 9.

An example in the Salting Collection is illustrated in G. E. Bryant, The Chelsea Porcelain Toys, London, 1925, pl. 3, fig. 4.

See a similar example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (C.46-1966), another in the Untermyer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (64.101.536a–d), and in the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (G83.1.990).

Stock No. 1925

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