FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER LOBED TEAPOT AND COVER
'PRUNUS ROOT' PATTERN
An early teapot of rare lobed shape with loop handle, the lid with a turned mushroom finial, painted in the Prunus Root
pattern with trailing branching continuing over the rim of the cover; bearing a workman's mark in underglaze-blue
beneath the cover
Condition: Small chip to the neck, the cover with a few minor nicks to the inside
A slightly earlier bullet shaped lobed teapot (c.1753-4) was included in Part I, Watney Collection,
lot 158, p. 85. The lot notation states the “particular” rarity of blue and white on the lobed form,
which usually occurs with overglaze decoration.
“Prunus Root” is probably copied from Chinese export original; however, one has not yet been found.
It was introduced at Worcester in 1753, being one of the earliest and most popular blue and white patterns.
It occurs on plain and fluted teawares, mustard pots, mugs, as well as “toy” Worcester porcelains.
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First Period Worcester Lobed Teapot, Prunus Root, England, c1755-60