A Rare Pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Hexagonal Vases and Covers

A Rare Pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Hexagonal Vases and Covers, the front and reverse panels painted with huge exotic birds strutting amongst flowering and fruiting vegetation surrounded with smaller birds perched within leafy branches and others in flight above, within elaborate gold scrolled rococo cartouches, the shoulder panels, triangular in form, decorated with butterflies and insects in flight and at the neck narrow panels of fruiting vegetation, the whole reserved upon a very well executed blue scale ground, the domed covers with further panels of exotic birds, butterflies and insects, on a blue scale ground, the acorn knops with gilt embellishments.

Circa 1765-1768

Marks
Underglaze blue fretted square

Dimensions
Height 12 ins. (30.4 cms.)

Further Details
The shape is derived from Japanese Kakiemon examples referred to as ‘Hampton Court’ jars. The form was produced at Chelsea only during the 1750s while it was produced at Worcester during the 1760s. As Aileen Dawson explains, ‘Hexagonal moulded vases are uncommon at Worcester’.

Literature
A similar, though larger example measuring 15.5 ins. high is illustrated in H.R. Marshall, Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period (1954), Pl. 38 no. 822.

See also a larger pair measuring 14 ins. High in S. Spero and J. Sandon, Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790 The Zorensky Collection (1996), cat. 325, pg. 271

Stock No. 1943

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