This bowl would have received the last remnants of a cup of tea during a tea party, because (of course) one could not expect a lady of refinement to drink tea that contained any shreds of tea leaves at the bottom! The bold blue decoration is inspired by Oriental patterns and includes trees and rockwork. A workman proudly added his mark to the underside after he was finished with the painting. This practice of marking occurred early in the life of the Worcester factory, but later the owners decided that all decoration had to be anonymous, so marks were no longer used. The bowl is four and seven-eighths inches across and two and a half inches high. The glaze surface on the inside of the bowl is worn, but there are no chips or cracks.

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Early Worcester Waste Bowl with Oriental Decoration and Workman’s Mark c.1758.


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