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FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER WHITE-GLAZED PORCELAIN TEAPOT

England, c1758-60

 

 

    A rare example, in blanc de chine, of barrel form with flowering branch decoration between scroll

and dot upper and lower borders, leaf and opening flower finial with corresponding dot

and scroll border; pegged footrim; unmarked

 

Note :

Very few Worcester wares were left in the white.  There are two barrel-form teapots know –

this version and a rarer Chinese landscape.  Most white wares were left to Bow, due to the whiteness

of the Bow porcelain.  This decoration is not applied, as was the Bow, but pressed by hand into a

mold while being spun on a wheel (called jollied).

 

For more about early white porcelains, see below.

 

Provenance : Bearing a sticker for Manheim, NYC

 

Ref : Honey, W. B., Old English Porcelain, London: Faber & Faber, 1948, Pl. 74D, pp. 167-8.

 

Condition: Excellent; glaze flaw to one petal on the lid (bubbling)

 

4.5” To Top of Finial / 8" Spout to Handle

  

price : Please Inquire

 

#6679

 

 

( White Porcelains )

 

The first white porcelain was produced in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1269 AD).

It was known as Ding (Ting) ware - a white paste covered with an almost transparent glaze.

The forms were quite simple, with incised or stamped decoration.

About the same time, colored glazes were also introduced.

These showier glazes, as well as underglaze blue, overtook the simple elegance of white Ding wares.

 

It was not until the end of the Ming Dynasty, (circa 1685-1644), that kilns in the Fukien province

introduced Dehua wares ("blanc de chine") - a white porcelain with creamy glaze. 

The majority of the forms were small figures, bottles, dishes,

and libation cups and beakers.

Upon reaching Europe, these crisply molded cups and beakers became immensely popular -

and from the late 1600's, imitated in varying pastes and glazes by European manufactories.

Among the earliest European producers were :

Saint-Cloud, Mennecy and Chantilly in France, Meissen in Saxony (Germany),

and in England, Lund's Bristol, and particularly early Chelsea and Bow.

 

Unlike Chelsea and Bow, Worcester left very little in the white -

a few small creamboats and sauceboats, 2 drum form teapot forms, some lovely figures -

and a truly spectacular white rococo-molded cistern, inspired by a silver shape.

As Worcester concentrated more on enamel and blue and white decoration, 

there is speculation that the few remaining Worcester white wares might simply be unfinished

- or perhaps somehow flawed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also See :

 

First Period Worcester White Cos Lettuce Sauceboat

England, c1755-57

Worcester White-Glazed Hexagonal Creamboat

England, c1762

 


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First Period Worcester White Porcelain Teapot, England, c1758-60