A very rare Bow Shell Sweetmeat Dish

A very rare Bow Shell Sweetmeat Dish


A very rare Bow Shell Sweetmeat Dish, the deep scallop shell pointed on the interior with sprigs and sprays of kakiemon flowers and grasses, in tones of yellow and red, together with some slight sprigs of green, supported on three large conch shaped shells applied in between with further smaller shells, including cockles, whelks and other specimens, at the front sits a live small crab waving its pincers.

Circa 1752

This appears to be the only example with this type of decoration currently recorded. This shell includes the addition of the very rare features of the crab at the front below the lip.

English Private Collection, by descent to the present owner.

Height: 5 5/8 ins. (14.3 cms.)
Length: 7 ¾ ins. (19.7 cms.)

Item No. 926

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