Dr Wall Worcester serving dish, Kakiemon Kylin & Pheonix, ‘Bishop of Somner’ pattern, c.1775
Superb Dr Wall Worcester fluted oval dish, of ‘Bishop of Somner Service’ type, richly decorated with a Chinese ‘famille vert’ pattern copied almost exactly from a Kanxi original of the early 18th century, the main panel with a Phoenix & Kylin in a fenced garden, the walls with panels featuring pheasant, quail, deer, and more Kylin, within a thin border of red prunus.
Gold crescent mark,
A gold crescent, instead of the usual blue, was used for special commissions 1770-80.
The ‘Bishop of Somner’ name became associated with this pattern some time in the 19th century, and it seems one of the Bishops had a service in his possession.
Represented in many major collections, ref. Zorensky #193 for a tureen & cover.