Here is a creamer or cream jug of baluster form with a lobed body and a delicate scrolled handle, penciled in black with a Chinese figure holding a parasol, a bird perched on his left hand and a low fence behind him, a vase of flowers on a table to one side and a formal arabesque border below the interior rim. It is sometimes referred to as the “Chinaman and Parasol and Parrot” pattern. The British Museum has a cup and saucer with identical decoration by the same painter, who is so far unidentified. This finely painted pattern is more authentically Chinese in derivation than most of the other English attempts at chinoiseries. It is three and a half inches tall, and not printed, but painted on with the delicate tip of a small brush. This type of decoration is found only on porcelain teawares, and only on teawares made at the Worcester factory. (Ref.: “The Art of Worcester Porcelain: Masterpieces from the British Museum Collection” by Aileen Dawson. See H. Rissik Marshall, “Coloured Worcester Porcelain” (1954), plate 10, for a teabowl and saucer of the same pattern.) The origins of the pattern are unknown, but the design is reminiscent of plates in Edwards and Darly’s “New Book of Chinese Designs, Calculated to Improve the Present Taste,” published in 1754. There are only a few patterns that Worcester created used this interesting hand-painted technique, including “Boy on a Buffalo,” a design of flower sprigs, a Chinese landscape with figures and a large pine tree, another Chinese landscape with a prominent rock, and various bird designs. Many of the pieces of this pattern have the same painter’s mark as the one here. The pattern, rare as it is on other teawares, is most unusual on this particularly charming and attractive shape of jug. Condition is good, with no wear to the design, but it does need some repair. I removed the overpainting to a small repaired chip out of the rim, which needs repainting. The nearby tip of the point of the rim has a minute chip, and the spout on the other side has a very shallow chip. That being said, I think the repairs could be easily done without much expense. Or it could be left unrepaired. This is a highly unusual and rare specimen and a collector’s dream for early Worcester.
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