This early Worcester dish is molded on the upper surface with a pattern of two large overlapping leaves. The stems on the right side form the handle. The polychrome pattern is an interesting one and not that common. It dates from the early years of production and shows the pot-bellied figure of Putai (or Pu Tai) seated by a rocky mound, his two attendants to his left, one holding a ball, the other seated with a lotus flower. This pattern, copied directly from Chinese porcelain, was in use from about 1757-66. Putai was a Buddhist monk who lived in the Tang dynasty. His image as a jovial character was adopted in Chinese art as the popular representation of Buddha himself. The rim of this dish is enhanced with a gilded edge and a discreet red border. It is ten and a quarter inches long. There is a very small chip on the rim on the far left, at about ten o’clock. The pattern shows slight wear on the molded ribs. Other than that, in excellent shape.

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c.1760 Large Worcester Leaf-Shaped Dish in the Putai Pattern c.1765.


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