The decoration on this dish is noteworthy in several regards. Spotted fruit is most often found accompanied by apple-green borders, and not usually with a simple gilt border, as here. Also of note are the graceful tendrils that flow outside of the central groupings of fruit, as well as the very unusual addition of a cucumber! A bit of whimsy, perhaps? Dimensions are eleven by eight and a half inches. The decoration on this dessert dish is probably by the same painter who decorated a teapot with a cobalt blue ground, illustrated as part of the Zorensky collection (fig. 312), sold at Bonhams in 2005. The two pieces probably came from the same service. There is an area of invisible repainting confined to the white ground at about four o’clock, probably covering a small stain. The gilt band on the edge shows some wear.

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Worcester Heart-Shaped Dessert Dish Decorated with Spotted Fruit c.1778.


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