Here is a scarcely seen Worcester pierced basket circa 1768 centered on a hanging swag of kakiemon-inspired flower bouquets framed against a partial background of scale blue, and distinguished further by pierced basketwork panels around the outside, with applied branch-molded handles and fully three-dimensional European flowers and leaves, with everything edged in gilt scrollwork at the edges. This very rare form of dish was strongly influenced by Staffordshire saltglazed examples, which in turn were influenced by English silver. The Staffordshire influence is seen in the pierced and molded shape, which is likely to have been cast from a Staffordshire creamware mold. (Related shapes—also likely cast from saltglaze molds—were made at the Vauxhall porcelain factory at this time.) Similar baskets from the Zorensky Collection (sold at Bonham’s in 2004-06) also have crisply molded basketwork between pierced panels, closely following the saltglazed version. The example here is most unusual in that, unlike the Zorensky examples, handles have been added. One small area of the rim has an excellent repair (shown) and you'd expect some damage to the flowers but nothing shows under UV light. It is eleven inches long and an absolute delight to see.

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Worcester Pierced Platter or Basket, Extremely Rare Shape C.1768


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