RARE FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER WHITE GLAZED RETICULATED FOOTED CENTERPIECE
Note: Ref: Worcester Porcelain, The Zorensky Collection, p 477, Pl 649;
probably originally a centerpiece for serving fruit from a dessert service; "quite rare"
3.5" High x 11.5” Wide x 9.75" Deep
As early as the 17th century, the dessert course became the most important course of an English dinner. The host often
went to great extremes to impress his guests. Commissioned figures sculpted from sugar were succeeded by figures of porcelain -
leading the way to the elaborate porcelain dessert services of the 1760's and forward. These services included plates of varying
shapes, and two covered tureens for cream and sugar -- but only one centerpiece, usually oval and on a pedestal foot,
sometimes imitating creamware. The most elaborate services date from about 1775.
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Rare First Period Worcester White-Glazed & Gilt Reticulated Footed Centerpiece, England, c1775