English delft punch bowl, flower swags, attr. London circa 1785


English delft punch bowl, decorated inglaze inside & out with a flower swag pattern having a central flowerhead motif, the rims feathered, the interior with a flowering plant.

Probably London,

circa 1785


22.5cm wide, 9cm high

signs of overpainting to 3 rim cracks, possibly a break repair, heavily crazed



ref. V&A ‘Delftware’ p200 for several London examples of this pattern, although with a more naturalistic flower rather than the stylized flowerheads in this example. The date is surprisingly late, some of the ‘last flowering’ of English delft before it disappears; perhaps the firing issues in this example reflect a declining industry.




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