This pair of Chamberlain Royal Worcester bough pots in the “Rich Queens” pattern is one of the finest examples of early 19th century English porcelain.
Made by Chamberlain Royal Worcester, the pair are lavishly decorated with enamels of cobalt, iron red, and green. The gilding is superb! Each bough pot is hand-painted with five panels: three panels with cobalt ground, elaborate gilt and a scarlet enameled chrysanthemum. Between the three cobalt panels are two panels each showing a vibrant garden of flowers painted in iron red. The flowers have gold centers and their leaves are painted in shades of green and turquoise. The combination of colors is unexpected. The removable pierced tops have extensive gilding and floral finials. Over that time we’ve seen this pattern on several dishes, but we have never seen the pattern on this form. It is extremely rare.
The pattern is wonderful. The form is wonderful. Together it is extraordinary. On the bottom of one and on the inside of both of the covers of the bough pots is the mark “Chamberlains Worcester” written in gilt.
W 8.75 in. x D 3 in. x H 7.5 in.
Excellent, a fine small line on the back of one pot does not go through to the inside.
The painting and gilding of the Chamberlains Worcester factory met the highest standards of porcelain manufacturers during the period of the late 1700s and the early 1800s. It’s no surprise, then, that the factory enjoyed royal patronage as a result in its excellence.
Robert Chamberlain and his son Humphrey were responsible for the decoration and gilding of the porcelains made in the original Worcester factory during the 1770s and 1780s. In 1793 they opened their own porcelain manufactory in Worcester: Chamberlains Worcester. By 1800, the Chamberlain Worcester factory was well established. Chamberlains Worcester and Flight Barr Worcester were the two leading manufacturers of English porcelains.
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