Here is a feast for the eyes—a complicated design with numerous details in the fashion of Sevres. The cobalt blue band at the top rim is gilt in alternating panels divided by scrolls. The base is meant to imitate shagreen, edged in rococo scrolls in gilt, with graceful vertical scrolls rising to the band above. Nestled in between the scrolls are pendant bouquets of flowers and leaves in typical Worcester colors and forms. And the lid has all the same design elements in reverse, going in toward the flower bud finial. In addition, the body is lobed to provide an extra stimulus for interest. Wow. This is a piece that’s worth a long, long look. It stands five inches tall to the finial. Condition is excellent for display, though one section of the lid’s flange is missing, as shown in the photo. As always, the finial has some tiny chips to the petals—again, shown in the photo, and the tips of the bowl have gilt wear from the lid sitting on them. It was formerly in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and it bears the museum’s red accession numbers on the bottom.
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