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Rare Chamberlain's Worcester Yellow Ground Oval Shanked Sucrier and Cover, Red and Gilt Decoration, Pattern 221, c1800

(p1211)

 

An extremely rare yellow border Chamberlain Worcester shanked oval sucrier and cover, dating from c1800. Yellow is the rarest colour to find used on early English porcelain due to the complex nature of the firing; it was unstable and so almost impossible to produce. As such, yellow ground porcelains were very expensive and sought after at the time and a rare item for collectors to find today. Although this sucrier does have a re-attached finial, it is sufficiently rare to warrant being acceptable to the collector.

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This very fine example is a delightful oval shaped sucrier and cover with moulded spiral shanked decoration. The sucrier cover has the 'Chamberlain Worcester Warranted' mark and pattern number 'No221' in gold. This pattern number is listed in 'Chamberlain-Worcester Porcelain' by Geoffrey A. Godden as 'Shanked yellow, red and gold bluebell border' taken from the original list of Chamberlain patterns. This pattern is also illustrated in plate 114 of the book in the form of a milk jug carrying this same pattern.

 

This charming sucrier is an excellent example of this rare colour ground. The border round the top of the sucrier body and of the rim of the cover has this rich canary yellow which has applied decoration of red flowers between elegant garlands of gilt foliage. This giving a very elegant and rich decoration. The yellow borders are bounded on both sides by a gilt lines.

 

Around the shanked body of the sucrier and on the cover are scattered red and gilt flower sprigs, in between which are small single gilt leaves. This pattern is quite delightful and rare to find.

 

At each end of the sucrier are moulded and gilded circular drop loop handles.

 

The cover of the sucrier is decorated in the same way as the sucrier itself. It has the same shanked body, yellow, gold and red decoration.

 

The cover has a typical flat oval mushroom shaped finial, this having spiral mouldings to the top portion, these embellished with gilded lines.

    

A most charming Chamberlain Worcester oval shanked Sucrier and Cover, having a very rare yellow, red & gold border, Pattern Number 221, c1800.

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Size and Weight: (values are approximate)

  • 5" (140mm) in height to the top of the cover finial.
  • 5" (140mm) in length.
  • 4" (100mm) max. width.
  • 1lb 3oz (436gms) total weight.

Marks:

The sucrier cover has the 'Chamberlain Worcester Warranted' mark and pattern number 'No221' in gold.

 

Condition:

This charming and very rare yellow ground Chamberlain's Worcester sucrier and cover are good condition. There are no cracks, repairs or restoration and the decoration is in good order, with some minor wear.  The only extremely minor imperfections are a small glaze crack in the inside of the sucrier as shown below. this is ONLY a firing fault in the glaze, not a crack to the body as it is not visible on the underside of the body.

 

There is some kiln dust speckling to the underside of the sucrier and a glaze crack around the underside of the cover lip. These are shown in the pictures below. These are manufacturing flaws, not subsequent damage.

These imperfections are extremely minor - this is certainly a very fine Chamberlain Worcester sucrier and cover for the connoisseur collector.

 


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