Rock Strata (Sampan Island) Pattern, England, c1770-80





Painted in underglaze blue with the “Rock Strata” pattern, depicting a riverscape and pagodas on an island, the ground of which is

shown in cross-section revealing the layers of strata in the rock, with a moored sampan to one side; the interiors with a central plant

with sprigs and rim diapering; open crescent marks verso; one of the few Worcester underglaze blue patterns copied exactly

from a Chinese porcelain original, and sometimes referred to as “Island Sampan” pattern


Condition : Excellent for both, with only a minor surface firing flaw close to the rim on one;

each rim slightly out of level (not unusual for early soft paste ceramics)
8-5/8” Diameter x 3-1/2” High






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Punch was a very popular drink in early 18th century Great Britain, prior to the popularity of wine.

The word "punch "is said to have derived from the Hindu word "panch", for five.  It was introduced in

 the mid 17th century, and consisted of five ingredients  - basically being sweet, sour, bitter, weak, and alcoholic

There were several recipes - some involving tea or milk.  The most usual combination included

 water, sugar, limes, lemons or oranges, spices and spirits.  It could be served warmed or chilled.


Pictured below is one of the above punch bowls with silver strainer, punch ladle and light baluster glass

into which the punch would be poured.

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See Also :


First Period Worcester Porcelain Guglet, c1770

First Period Worcester "Bishop Sumner" Dessert Dish, c1770-75

Gold Crescent Mark

Large First Period Worcester Mug, (Pillement) c1770, 'La Promenade Chinoise' & 'La Peche'

First Period Worcester Porcelain Gu Vase,  c1765-70

 First Period Worcester Powder Blue Plate, c1760-65


Liverpool Bowls in the Rock Strata Pattern

Pennington & Part, c1780-95



Additional British Ceramics :






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Pair of First Period Worcester Large Bowls, Rock Strata (Sampan Island) Pattern, England, c1770-80  


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