Tortoise

£195.00

As well as the classic figures Royal Worcester made some quite unusual pieces, the miniatures. These included the blush ivory and gilt miniature rabbit and tortoise. Both are lovely little things, the rabbit being 5.2 cm and the tortoise 4.5cm long. Of the two the rabbit is the hardest to find although good examples of the tortoise are quite rare, largely because the tortoises were designed to have a tiny tail and unfortunately because of the rigours of life as a porcelain tortoise a fair proportion are now tailless.

The modellers are unknown. 

This is a rare Edwardian Royal Worcester miniature figure of a blush ivory and gilt tortoise.

Puce factory mark, 17 dots, 1908

Size 3/4″ x 2″ long.

Condition : Excellent, no damages to the porcelain, checked with UV light, gilding good.

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History

Royal Worcester was established in 1751 and is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today (this is disputed by Royal Crown Derby, which claims 1750 as its year of establishment). Part of the Portmeirion Group since 2009, Royal Worcester remains in the luxury tableware and giftware market, although production in Worcester itself has ended.

Technically, the Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. Ltd. (known as Royal Worcester) was formed in 1862, and wares produced before that time are known as Worcester porcelain, although the company had a royal warrant from 1788. The enterprise has followed the pattern of other leading English porcelain brands, with increasing success during the 18th and 19th centuries, then a gradual decline during the 20th century, especially the latter half.

In the 20th century, Royal Worcester’s most popular pattern has been “Evesham Gold”, first offered in 1961, depicting the autumnal fruits of the Vale of Evesham with fine gold banding on an “oven to table” body.

Netsuke models

Royal Worcester produced a series of 14 animals copied from the Japanese ivory carvings and netsuke.

Tortoise ; Snail ; Cheetah ; Rabbit ; Snake ; Cow ; Mouse ; Fish ; Ape ; Ram ; blackcock ; Quail ; Toad  ; Double mouse .

The modellers are unknown.

 

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