This early Worcester dish is molded on the upper surface with a pattern of large leaves and has two fully three-dimensional flower buds at the bottom. The handle is molded as a small branch, and the leaves are made to look as if they’re sprouting from it. 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. The rim is enhanced with a gilded edge and a discreet red border. The pattern shows a little bit of wear on the molded high points, as would be expected, and the handle is repainted so it has probably been reattached. Six and a quarter inches is the widest dimension.
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