Dr Wall Worcester Chestnut basket cover & stand, blue & white, c. 1770


Dr Wall Worcester Chestnut basket, cover & stand, the body moulded with a trellis design, the lid & stand similar with parts cut out, all pieces with elaborate twig & leaf handles with scattered flowers, picked out in blue.

Crescent marks,

Circa 1770


Excellent condition



Worcester chestnut basket and stand C. 1770

Elaborate, moulded, hand-painted floret panels form the outside of the tapering basket, while the interior is printed in under-glaze blue with the “Pine Cone” pattern. The similarly decorated cover is intricately and laboriously pierced, as is the stand. Although referred to as chestnut baskets since the 19th century, the 1769 Worcester sale catalogue refers to “Oval cream basons, pierced covers and plates” suggesting their intended use was to serve cream, or a cream pudding.

Provenance: The Guy-Jones Collection
Reference: Marshall, H.R. “Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period” p. 85
Sandon, J. “The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain Vol. I 1751-1851” p. 108

Literature: Spero, S. and Sandon, J. “Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790, The Zorensky Collection” p. 230, no. 268
Sothebys & Co. Ltd. “The Property of the Late Mrs. G.C. Stephens 1974” pl.162
Clarke, S.M. “Worcester Porcelain in the Colonial Williamsburg Collection” p. 56, pl. 42
Fisher, S.W. “Worcester Porcelain” pl.12
Mackenna, ES. “The ES. Mackenna Collection of English Porcelain Part 2- Worcester” p. 142, no. 94
Spero, S. “Worcester Porcelain, The Klepser Collection” p. 178, pl. 210
Sandon, H. “Worcester Porcelain” pl. 122
Branyan, L., French, N. and Sandon “Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790” II.C.11
Sandon, J. “The Ewers Tyne Collection of Worcester Porcelain at Cheekwood” p. 30 (a rare tureen variant)




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