A Chamberlain's Worcester porcelain, underglaze deep cobalt blue and gilded, tea bowl and saucer dating from the late 18th century. Both the bowl and the saucer are decorated with the "Blue Star and Dot" pattern, which consists of underglaze blue stars with a gilded outline and dots in the centre. These stars are interspersed with gilded dots. There is a central gilded flower surrounded with a gilt dentil band. On the rim there is a deep underglaze blue band with a gilded stylised leaf pattern and gilded rim.
Robert Chamberlain (c.1736–98), who had been the head of the decorating department for Dr John Wall, Worcester (Warmstry House), he left the Worcester Porcelain company to start his own porcelain decorating business in King Street, Worcester in 1783. Initially he bought blank undecorated porcelain from other factories such as Caughley in Shropshire, but by the late 1780’s he was making his own wares at a new factory site in Severn Street, Diglis, Worcester.
These porcelain items are made from hybrid hard paste porcelain and are both vertically fluted with twenty eight ribs each and scalloped rims.
They are in excellent antique condition without damage nor repairs, there is some minor fritting from manufacture and very minor wear to the gilding. Please see the images.
This is a great item for any collector of English 18th century tea bowls and saucers, blue and white ware unusual patterns or 18th century Worcester porcelain.
Tea bowl height 1 15/16 inches ( 4.9 cm)
Tea bowl diameter 3 1/4 inches ( 8.2 cm)
Saucer height 1 1/4 inches ( 3.2 cm)
Saucer diameter 5 inches ( 12.7 cm)
Total weight 155 grammes unpacked.