M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES
 

  

 FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER "BLIND EARL" SWEETMEAT DISH

England, c1765-70

 

 

 

 

 

Of typical form with molded twig handle, the scalloped rim moulded with two rosebuds, the leaves,

buds and handle painted or picked out in underglaze blue alongside four insects; unmarked; pegged footrim

Condition: Overall excellent; a small tight 3/8" hairline on the dish rim beneath handle;

a tight1" hairline to rim at 6:30 in the top image (both shown verso magnified below); no chips or repairs

 

Ref: Worcester Porcelain, Zorensky Collection, p. 548, #623

 

Note:

The “Blind Earl” pattern, with its raised molding, was introduced by Worcester in the 1750’s.  It was named after

 the Earl of Coventry, who lost his sight in a hunting accident, asking Worcester to make for him a design that he

could feel - the accident purportedly dating not until c1770-80.  However research shows that two generations of

the family suffered a loss of vision.  A similar shape was also made at Chelsea during the Red Anchor period (1752-56). 

So no one knows the exact truth of the matter – and what came first - and when - or why.

 

6 1/8” Wide Over Handle

 

SOLD

 

#6042

 

 

Oversize detail image of top with showing flaw or line beneath handle

 

Oversize image showing line to rim at 6:30

 

 

Oversized images showing two flaws verso

 

 

 

 

 

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First Period Worcester Blind Earl Sweetmeat Dish in Blue and White, England c1765-70