Rare Pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester Hexagonal Vases and Covers


A Very Fine and Rare Pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester Hexagonal Vases and Covers, of tapering baluster shape, painted in underglaze blue with panels of long tailed Phoenix birds perched in trees alternating with full panels of peonies beneath a border composed of quatrefoil chinoiserie reserves showing Chinese river scenes reserved on a ground of scrolling foliage and flowers in the baroque taste, beneath the hatched diaper decoration to the neck. The domed hexagonal covers with tall acorn knops and similar chinoiserie panels on a floral ground.

The vase form copies an Oriental vase form of the 1680-1700 period and is imbued with delicate, concise and skilled cobalt blue painting in the chinoiserie taste of porcelain painted in the Kangxi period. This strong hexagonal form was used by Dr Wall, as it is by far the strongest form in ceramic production. Vases could be neatly packed against each other in the kiln firing. The painter at work on these vases is one of the very best and is denoted by the ‘TF’ workman’s marks on the vases and covers. We do not know the identity of the painter but he is one of the most gifted painters and one chose to do large scale pieces on account of his detailed work being so accomplished. The painter is found at work on the two huge rococo moulded tureens and covers that survive, one from the Dyson Perrins collection at the Museum of Worcester Porcelain and another in a private collection.

Circa 1755

Marks: Workman’s mark TF to all pieces

Height: 15 1/2 Ins. (39.5cms.)

Further Details
The vases are hugely important and very rare examples of ‘Country House’ decoration, that would have been placed on a mantelpiece in the one of the most important rooms. The pattern is the ‘Phoenix in a tree’ pattern. Each panel alternates with the phoenix, the mythical long tailed bird associated with good fortune and long life, together with full sprays of flowering peony and leaves. The vases and covers date right at the very heart of the finest date of the first decade of production, circa 1755.

Stock No. 1900

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