Bright as the day it was made 250 years ago, this little butter boat is molded on the outside in the form of overlapping geranium leaves and decorated inside with colorful flower sprigs in the Chinese style. Only three and a quarter inches across at the widest point. The best in English porcelain. Though unmarked, this is a distinctive Worcester shape and it can confidently be dated to around 1750-55. Most often, this shape is decorated in blue, but very occasionally it appears in colors. At a fancy banquet, it could hold butter or perhaps a special sauce, but it might have doubled as a creamer. Several small specks from the firing testify to its early date. The only damage shows as a tiny speck in the center of the photo detailing the edge. It is a glaze chip or imperfection smaller than a pinhead, just beneath the rim, mentioned simply for accuracy.
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