FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER MOLDED JUNKET DISH
The thinly potted and crisply molded dish with a series of escallop shell panels, painted in blue in the “Junket Dish Florals” pattern with formal floral sprays, the central embossed flowerhead edged with blue feathering, the border lobed edged with sections of blue cell diapering, the exterior with further floral sprays beneath a thin blue line border
Note : An identical junket dish was sold in the Geoffrey Godden Collection of Blue & White Porcelain, Bonhams New Bond, 2012, with note as to the “degree of care taken by the Worcester factory in producing what was a standard object at the time”. A dish of the same mold, painted in “Junket Dish Porters”, is illustrated in Worcester Porcelain, 1751-1790, Zorensky Collection, Spero & Sandon, #541, describing purpose of the molded design being “to give a textured surface to help the junket, a preparation of soured cream and curds, to set”. The same shape was used for salads.
Condition : Excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration
An Interesting Aside About Salads :
Salads – originally called salade or salet (also sallet) – have been spoken of in England since the late 14th century. There were composed of leafy vegetables served as an accompaniment to cooked meats or poultry. A 1390 a recipe included for parsley, sage, garlic, chives, onions, leeks, borage, mint, cress, fennel, rue, rosemary, and purslane. Other ingredients used were flowers, and later, fruits as oranges and lemons. John Evelyn's Acetaria (1699) was the first salad book published in the English language. Evelyn defined sallet as "a particular Composition of certain Crude and fresh herbs, such as usually are, or may safely be eaten with some Acetous Juice, Oyl, Salt, &c. to give them a grateful Gust and Vehicle." However in the 18th century, the general opinion was that consumption of raw vegetables was unhealthy – “rotting in the gut” --- until the arrival from the late 1780’s of immigrants from the deteriorating conditions in Paris. With them came “salads” with raw vegetables, and all the English introduction of the serving accoutrements we now use – including silver.
Worcester introduced the junket dish in the late 1750’s. It is thought that the pattern was copied from a contemporary Sevres dish molded with escallop shells --- made at as a salad bowl.
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First Period Worcester Molded Junket Dish, England, c1768-70, in the "Junket Dish Florals pattern