Pair of Large Dr. Wall Worcester Porcelain Hexagonal Vases and Covers

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A superb and impressive large pair of First Period Dr Wall Worcester  Hexagonal Vases and Covers, of shouldered baluster form, 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.

These vases which are the largest of the three sizes manufactured at Worcester during the first period are without doubt the most splendid of their type to be seen on the market in recent years. The very experienced hand of the master enameller is evident from the details of the exotic birds and their extraordinary brightly coloured plumage. Not only are the birds exceptionally well painted but also the background decoration of the tress and flowering shrubs, is of the finest quality. There is also a very unusual use of floral garlands, which includes single puce and blue florets. Overall the vases are of the rarest and most important forms of ornamental ware that was produced at the Worcester manufactory during the first period. Each resting on a twentieth century modern ormolu stand.

Circa: 1765-68

Height: 16 ins (45 cms)

Marks:  Seal mark or fretted square in underglaze blue to the underside of each vase.

Literature:   A similar example painted by the same hand is illustrated H.R. Marshall, Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period. Pl. 38 no. 822.

Item No. 870

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