English (Worcester)
about 1760
Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)

Object Place: Europe, England


2.9 x 18.2 cm (1 1/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





The dish was formed into a fig-leaf shape by pressing a slab of clay over a mold that included the twig handle and in which the fine veining was incised. The five-sided foot ring of triangular section was probably applied while the piece was still on the mold. The serrated edge was finished by hand.
The glaze is slightly bluish but paler than that of no. 80, and the paste is greenish in the few spots thin enough to be translucent. The dish is decorated in soft enamel colors. A long-billed bird (nuthatch, sometimes misidentified as a bee-eater) with yellow breast and pale blue head and wings, shaded with puce, is perched on a leafy branch. There arc three large clusters of leaves and one small one, painted in green shaded with blue and outlined and veined with the same reddish brown that is used for the delicate branches. Near the tip of the dish is a ruffled butterfly in profile, painted in puce, green, blue, and orange. The twig-shaped handle is light green touched with yellow and reddish brown.


Henry Rissik Marshall. January 27, 1953, sale, Sotheby & Co., London. By 1955, Rita and Frits Markus; 1983, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus