England, c1772-1775




The five-lobed molded bowl painted in polychrome enamels with large raised spiraling scolopendrium

(hart's tongue fern) leaves, alternating, in typical Worcester factory style,
with floral sprigs, below a brown-line rim, raised on a high footrim


The Scolopendrium pattern said to be a copy of an earlier Chelsea example,

produced from 1752-56, but without the interspersed sprigging.

A further French Chantilly prototype also exists - perhaps the original source.

Worcester first copied the Chelsea lobed beaker and saucer c1765-70, with teawares following form 1772-1775

(although no teapot has been noted).
Most surviving teawares display painted floral sprigging between the fern leaves.


Ref :

Worcester Porcelain in the Zorensky Collection, Sandon, p 194, Plate 209;
Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, Sandon, p. 305, for an example of the 1765 beaker and saucer


Condition : Minor wear to the enamels and gilt; interior central flowerhead enamels worn;
a tiny restored rim chip with spotted repainting of the brown-line rim (invisible except under blacklight);
quite rare


For Similar Examples, See :

Sotheby's NY Sale no9247, Lots #461 (with considerable wear), and #462


6" Diameter






Please Inquire










 Chelsea Scolopendrium Dish, 1752-56





The "Scolopendrium Asplenium", evergreen fern growing wild in shaded areas,
often forming large 'drifts' under trees amongst rocks and streams.
Its its upright pointed 'tongues' contrast strikingly with the softer shapes of damp-loving wild flowers.





To View Additional British Ceramics :





We welcome and encourage all inquiries regarding our stock.  We will make every attempt to answer any questions you might have.


For information, call (901) 761-1163 or (901) 827-4668, or

Email : mfcreech@bellsouth.net  or  mfordcreech@gmail.com

American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Discover accepted



Bookmark and Share


  Facebook Become a fan on Facebook



M. Ford Creech Antiques & Fine Arts / 581 South Perkins Road /  Memphis, TN 38117 / USA /  Wed.-Sat. 11-6, or by appointment




Accessories     Ceramics     Early Asian Ceramics     Fine Art     Furniture     Glassware     Silver     Home


Rare Worcester Porcelain Scolopendrium Pattern Bowl, England, c1772-75