A Dr Wall, or first period Worcester Porcelain, blue and white hand painted saucer dating from the third quarter of the 18th century. The saucer is decorated with the "Cannonball" pattern, which consists of Chinese buildings on islands under trees. Between the islands there are large round rocks in groups of three, they resemble cannon balls, hence the name.
This scene was also produced by a number of English porcelain manufacturers in the late eighteenth century, versions by Chaffers, Christian and Pennington, all from Liverpool, as well as Derby, Plymouth, Lowestoft and Caughley. a similar one produced by the Worcester porcelain factory but with some minor stylistic differences.
Dr Wall and his partners ran the Worcester Tonquin Manufacture at Warmstry House, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, from the early 1750s until the 1790s. This saucer dates from around 1755 - 1780.
This porcelain item is made from steatitic porcelain containing soaprock from Cornwall and is marked with a crescent in underglaze blue on the back. See pattern ID6 page 193 of Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751- 1790 by Branyon, French and Sandon.
It is in excellent antique condition no chips cracks nor restoration, there is a frit mark under the trees on the lower right. Please see the images.
This is a great item for any collector of English 18th century saucers, blue and white transfer printed ware or 18th century Worcester porcelain.
Height 3/4 inches ( 1.9 cm)
Diameter 4 5/8 inches (11.7 cm)
Weight 75 grammes unpacked