England, c1765-70




Of typical form with molded twig handle, the scalloped rim moulded with two rosebuds, the leaves,

buds and handle painted or picked out in underglaze blue alongside four insects; unmarked; pegged footrim

Condition: Overall excellent; a small tight 3/8" hairline on the dish rim beneath handle;

a tight1" hairline to rim at 6:30 in the top image (both shown verso magnified below); no chips or repairs


Ref: Worcester Porcelain, Zorensky Collection, p. 548, #623



The “Blind Earl” pattern, with its raised molding, was introduced by Worcester in the 1750’s.  It was named after

 the Earl of Coventry, who lost his sight in a hunting accident, asking Worcester to make for him a design that he

could feel - the accident purportedly dating not until c1770-80.  However research shows that two generations of

the family suffered a loss of vision.  A similar shape was also made at Chelsea during the Red Anchor period (1752-56). 

So no one knows the exact truth of the matter – and what came first - and when - or why.


6 1/8” Wide Over Handle











Oversize detail image of top with showing flaw or line beneath handle


Oversize image showing line to rim at 6:30



Oversized images showing two flaws verso






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First Period Worcester Blind Earl Sweetmeat Dish in Blue and White, England c1765-70 


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