Apologies for appalling play on words!
With the market still quite flat for alot of the more common early English porcelain patterns we were delighted to be able to place a very rare piece of 18th century Worcester porcelain into a local North West collection.
This stunning tea saucer dating to c. 1757 is perhaps one of only three or four examples known, as such the pattern is un-named but features hand painted bell flowers, a floral spray and a single insect.
It is a direct copy of a contemporary Meissen tea cup and saucer and could well of originally been made as a replacement for a Meissen service, a theory further justified by the presence of the imitation Meissen crossed swords mark to the underside although not an uncommon mark for pieces in other patterns from the same period, see below.
For an identical example please see Bonhams, Fine British Ceramics and Enamels, 8th June 2005, lot 145.
A real rarity and perhaps a once in a lifetime find.