Chelsea gold anchor vase , ‘Dudley’ type, c.1765
Rare Gold Anchor Chelsea potpourri vase, of inverted pear shape, with superb gilt birds on a mazarin blue ground,the extravagant rococo scroll handles framing a pierced neck and lid with scroll knop, all picked out in gold, standing on a short base supported by four scroll feet.
Gold Anchor mark, circa 1765.
31 cm high
This remarkable Gold Anchor potpourri vase & cover illustrates perfectly the flamboyant nature of Chelsea’s products at the height of the Gold Anchor period. It is the very spirit of the Rococo movement, with its sinuous handles and lavish golden exotic birds.
The term ‘Dudley Vase’ arose due to the famous garniture of Chelsea Gold Anchor Vases formerly the property of the 1st Earl of Dudley and at one time residing at his lavish country house, Witley Court, in Worcester- shire. The vases were sold by the Earl in 1884 for the princely sum of £20,000 – for this price he got seven specimens, which are now thought to be three pairs and a centrepiece, which have been grouped together into an ‘extended family’. One of the pairs is of the same ‘upside-down pear’ shape as this example.