RARE FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER K’ANG HSI LOTUS PATTERN BASKET
England, c 1770
An early example, meticulously painted in underglaze blue and white with the "K’ang Hsi Lotus" pattern, the oval basket with twisted rope handles having eight exterior panels of radiating lotus leaves of cracked ice centering leaves alternating with circle of stamens, all upon 8 further lotus petals painted with flowers and leaflets, surrounded by further panels of alternating cracked ice and flora, all surrounding a central flowerhead within an oval roundel of stylized flowerheads and leaf scrolls reserved on blue, the pierced interior ovals with leaf sprigs below short blue lines suggesting rope, the exterior ovals painted in blue, the verso with a Pseudo-Chinese mark, as an open lozenge (symbol of victory) within a lobed double-line oval cartouche;
after a Chinese Kangxi original
Ref: Sandon, Henry (1980) The Illustrated Guide to Worcester Porcelain, 1751-1793, London : (comments: Cf. A dessert dish decorated with this pattern, see pl. 101. Dated to c. 1770-75.)
A small dish in this pattern was included in the Zorensky Collection.
Condition : Some lean to top of a basket wall section; a minor firing flaw to the top oval exterior at each end, which does not go through; an additional minor firing crack to the pierced work, stable and untouched; apparently otherwise in pristine condition
End 1 with center end firing flaw that does not go through to the interior; another to the right that does go through to the interior
End 2 with single firing flaw to the end center that does not go through to the interior
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