Here is a shaped dish from a formal dessert service, decorated in an adaptation of the more familiar Worcester pattern. This porcelain dish was made at the Caughley factory about 1790 and then shipped as a blank to Chamberlain’s factory in Worcester, where it was decorated in colors. Chamberlain started his factory as a place to decorate porcelain from other companies, and later developed into making porcelain for himself. The Chinaman Geoffrey Godden suggests that this is the same pattern as the one called the “Scarllet & Gold Japan” pattern referred to in the Chamberlain records, one service of which was invoiced August 27, 1789, to “Mrs. Squire at Lady Knollizic, Soho Square, London.” That service included “1 centrepiece, 2 heart dishes, 4 mellon dishes, 2 cream tureens and 10 plates.” It was sent to London via “Smith’s Waggon,” which I suppose was the UPS of the day. Godden illustrates this pattern in plate 66 of his Caughley & Worcester Porcelains 1775-1800. I don’t know that we can say for sure that Lady Knollizic owned this particular dish, but she might have. It is ten and three-quarters inches in length. Several places on the ribs showed wear from normal handling and use, and these have been touched up with matching colors for a better display. The surface of the dish is rough in places, and there is some peppering from the firing in the kiln.
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