Pair Blue and White First Period Worcester Baskets and Covers England Circa 1770


This splendid pair of First Period Worcester Porcelain baskets was crafted in England circa 1770. The bodies are molded with a pattern of crisply framed blue flowers and delicate twig handles. The baskets are encrusted with meticulously applied hand-painted blue flowers and leaves. On the inside, each basket has a blue patterned rim and displays the printed Worcester Pine Cone pattern in the center. What makes these baskets even more extraordinary is their covers, adorned with delicate pierced latticework and hand painted florets. Each cover has a twig handle with its terminals decorated with applied flowers and leaves.

Both bases have Worcester’s crescent mark in underglaze blue. This Worcester crescent mark signifies their authenticity and origin. First Period Worcester Porcelain, also known as Dr. Wall Worcester, bears the legacy of the visionary Dr. Wall, who transformed the Worcester Porcelain factory in the 1750s into a pioneering force in 18th-century English soft paste porcelain.

Dimensions: 8.5″ across the handles x 6.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall              Condition: Excellent

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Baskets of this kind have been referred to by collectors as “Chestnut Baskets” since the 19th century, though this is a misnomer.
They initially appear in Worcester’s 1769 sales catalog as “Cream Basons.” At the time, their price of £15.6s was nothing short of extraordinary, making them a true symbol of prestige and luxury.
These First Period Worcester Porcelain baskets are a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of their era. Their rich history and exquisite design make them a true treasure.

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