FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER OBLONG SERVING DISH Hundred Antiques Pattern, England, c1772
Somewhat scarce, of canted and notched rectangular form, painted in bright blue in the “Hundred Antiques” pattern with English interpretations “Buddhist Emblems” (Happy Omens) and “Precious Objects” (sometimes referred to as the “Eight Treasures”) among flowerheads and lotus scrolls, presumably copied from an unknown Chinese Qianlong original (a similar Qianlong original resides in the Victoria & Albert Museum); introduced at Worcester c1768, made until 1785.
This pattern, produced only at the Worcester factory, is rarely found on dinner services.
Pseudo Chinese character marks verso, which are said have a date code, although unrecorded
Provenance: Zorensky Collection, illustrated in Worcester Porcelain, The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero and John Sandon, p. 434, Pl. 579.