Pair of First Period Dr. Wall Worcester Porcelain Baskets


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A fine pair of First Period Worcester soft paste porcelain openwork baskets painted on the inside with English flowers in enamel colors. The outside of the baskets are painted a pale yellow decorated with raised puce florets.

The baskets are beautiful and understated. They would be an outstanding addition to any collection of 18th century English porcelain.


H 2.5 in. x Dm 8.1 in.






Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection, Simon Spero, page 74, #73 for similarly painted basket; page 91, #95 for a similar basket with a yellow ground.


The Worcester Royal Porcelain Company began in 1751. Dr. John Wall, a physician, and William Davis, an apothecary, attempted to develop a method of making porcelain. In 1751 Wall and Davis persuaded a group of 13 businessmen to invest in a new factory at Warmstry House, Worcester, on the banks of the River Severn. Wall and Davis secured the sum of £4500 from the partners to establish the factory, known then as “The Worcester Tonquin Manufactory”; the original partnership deeds are still housed in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain.

The early wares were a form of soft-paste porcelain with bodies that contained a soaprock, commonly called in most ceramic circles as soapstone.

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