RARE FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER PIERCED "SIFTER SPOON" (or Egg Drainer)
After a Chinese original, painted in the "Maltese Cross Flower" pattern,
the boat shaped bowl extending into a v-shaped handle terminating in a moulded flower finial,
the bowl pierced, blue open crescent mark verso
Note : The more usual form of these spoons is without reticulation and know as a “rice spoon”.
The original intent is unknown; they could have been used as caddy spoons.
The pierced version is rarer, and possibly used as sugar sifter or an egg drainer.
Very delicate and thinly potted.
Condition : Excellent with only a small firing crack verso; several normal pinpoint glaze skips
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