Dr Wall Worcester Saucer Dish, ‘Marriage’ pattern, hidden cupid’s bow & arrow, c.1785
Dr Wall saucer dish of fluted ‘French’ shape, elegantly painted with the ‘Marriage’ pattern, with three main flower sprays, each hiding a symbol of ‘love’, with a bow, and arrow, and a lover’s knot, a central blue & gilt flower head surrounded by a gilt dentil ring, the rim with a wide blue band richly gilt with an ornate pattern & dentil rim.
Underglaze blue crescent mark,
Dealer’s label for Stockspring Antiques, London
A ‘Saucer-dish’ was included in a service at this date as a cake plate. It was like a saucer, but made dish size – hence the name.
ref. Zorensky Collection #347 for an identical example. There was a similar patterned tea service apparently made for George III, known as the ‘Kew Service’, which included such hidden symbols. The story was it was a reminder of the marriage of George III and Queen Charlotte, and so all patterns of this type have become known as ‘Marriage’ patterns.