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Pair First Period Worcester Dragon-in-Compartment Shell Dishes

Pair First Period Worcester Dragon-in-Compartment Shell Dishes


Molded porcelain shell dishes by Worcester, circa 1770.


The pattern is also called “Bengal Tyger” or “Kylin”.


Dimensions: Each approximately 8” by 8”.



The rim is edged in gold and has a diaper border interspersed with red Chinese style stylized butterflies.


The center is decorated with alternating shaped panels of fantastic animals giving the pattern its name and with vases on tables in vibrant colors and gilding. There is a rosette in the center.


The base of the shell is decorated with a pair of asymmetrical partially gilded branches.


The reverse of each is unmarked.


The pattern is based on a Chinese design and was also used by Chamberlain, Coalport, and other English manufacturers.


The pattern is discussed and illustrated by Spero and Sandon in “Worcester Porcelain 1751 – 1790 The Zorensky Collection” at pp. 184 -185.


Other References:

Sandon, “The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain Volume I 1751 – 1851”.


Condition: A loss to one of the elements forming the base of one shell; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.

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