taster

manufacturer: Worcester porcelain factory (estab. circa 1751, closed 1862)

circa 1765-circa 1768
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Description
taster, in the form of a half peach with osier moulding and raised leaves terminating in a bifurcated twig handle, with a small lip, painted in vibrant enamels.

Tasters were used for tasting both wine and tea, and it appears this style could be used for both. Its peach shape derives from Chinese Yixing red stoneware wine cups which were imported to England in the mid 17th century through the English East India Company. The Oriental influence continues with the crabstock style handle that is incorporated into the feet of the object.
Maker and role
manufacturer: Worcester porcelain factory (estab. circa 1751, closed 1862)
Production place
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Production date
circa 1765-circa 1768
Media description
porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration
Measurements
90 mm (diameter)
Measurement details
height: 90mm
Credit line
purchased with funds provided by the Nina Stanton 18th Century Porcelain Bequest, 2017
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
Accession number
A1394

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