This piece exemplifies Chelsea’s design at its most refined rococo best. This shape of flower pot could either be hung on the wall or stood on a table (but this one could not have been hung because one of the holes in the back filled with glaze during the firing). Single flower stems could be inserted into the small holes, and a bouquet arranged into the open area at the back. Here, softly swirling rococo scrolls are outlined in puce and enclose a garden's worth of summer flowers in three separate bouquets and smaller sprigs. It stands seven inches high and is ten inches across. There are no chips and hardly any wear to the gilding and decoration, but several firing cracks are noted at the rear and some surface stains. It is unmarked, but this is a known Chelsea shape and is shown in several references.

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Rare Antique Chelsea Porcelain Rococo Flower Pot or Bough Pot c.1760.


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