If you are starting a collection of 18th century blue and white English pearlware then this is THE perfect starter piece for you. The shape, subject and size make is an absolutely adorable example, also this piece benefits from excellent provenance.
This rare and decorative bowl was produced in England during the late 18th century, circa 1790. This stunning bowl is absolutely perfect for interior designers as it displays perfectly in any setting!
The blue and white transfer printed design depicts an oriental scene complete with temples, pagodas and bridges. The design has some interesting little details. Notice the man on the horse crossing the bridge, behind him we see a man holding an parasol over him to shield him from the sun. This pattern is known as a variation of ‘the conversation’ or ‘the temple pattern’ which was used by both the Caughley and Worcester porcelain factories as well as several of the smaller Staffordshire potteries.
The pattern used on our example is identical to those used on the porcelain wares produced by Caughley in Shropshire, Emgland. It is unlikely that this example was produced by Caughley as they produced porcelain, rather than pearlware. This bowl was likely produced by a smaller factory; the print pattern was likely acquired from Caughley or vice versa. During the late 18th to early 19th century there were many factories producing blue and white. Many of the smaller factories wares have been identified by excavating the ground and revealing shards of pottery and porcelain. Academics and researchers are then able to research the site further.
The interior of the bowl features an elaborate and unusual blue and white printed border. We particularly like the addition of the miniature printed scene in the bottom of the bowl, we have called it ‘the three rocks.’ What makes this example particularly desirable is its unusual, decorative wasted Tournai or pear shape. What a pretty bowl this is.
The previous owners were both seasoned porcelain collector. The previous owner, Trevor Kentish, attributed the piece to Swinton. Please see the section below for more information.
Provenance: Trevor Kentish (b 1938 — d 2017) was an experienced collector of English blue and white pottery and porcelain and the former editor of The Friends of Blue society. He was a member of the society for some 30 years as well as the treasurer for several other pottery and porcelain societies. Trevor acquired the piece from Doreen Otto who was a contributor to The Friends of Blue society.
Measuring: Diameter 6 inch (15 cm) by height 3 1/8 inch (8 cm).
Condition: 1.75 inch (4.5 cm) hairline to rim. Historic old 0.25 inch chip to footrim. Small graze to side of bowl. Two firing faults to interior of footrim, to be expected on porcelain of this age.
A superb example from the late 1700s.
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RARE 18th Century Blue and White Transferware Bowl, Pearlware, Chinese Temple Pattern, Good Provenance Circa 1790 AF
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