A Very Rare Pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Bough Pots

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A Very Rare Pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester ‘Blue Scale’ Bough Pots in ornate rocaille design with gilt decoration along its scroll-moulded form. The body is painted in ‘blue scale’ ground, where the front features three reserved panels gilt decorated with c-scoll borders and painted with ‘fancy birds’ in vibrant hues of red, orange, puce, and yellow against verdant green landscapes of mature trees and blooming florals. The reverse is painted with a gilt-decorated c-scroll panel depicting a flying bird and insects. The top interior is perforated with small holes for cut flowers while a larger aperture would hold flowering bulbs. The back is pierced with two holes indicating that these bough pots could be hung on a wall, though they may well have been displayed as a pair on a mantle.

Circa 1768

Underglaze blue fretted square

Height 7 ins. (17.7 cms.) Length 8 1/2 ins. (21.5 cms.) Width 5 ins. (12.7 cms.)

Alfred Schlosser Collection

See a similar single example illustrated in S. Spero and J. Sandon, Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790 The Zorensky Collection (1996), cat. 328, pg. 273.

See also a similar single example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (3182-1901), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence (55.010), as well as a pair painted in the ‘Rich Kakiemon’ style in The Rienzi Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (84.684.1,.2)

Stock No. 1942

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