A First Period Dr. Wall Worcester teabowl, of octagonal form, with a slightly everted rim, printed in outline and delicately hand coloured with the "Red Bull" pattern, the borders with half flowerheads alternating with green diaper panels. This is the rare early version of this pattern when Worcester first started using printed patterns. The pattern is based on a Chinese famille rose design from the Yongzheng period and appears circa 1754-56.
Condition is excellent, with bright colors, and with no chips cracks, or restoration. The diameter is 2 1/2" and the height is 1 5/8".
PROVENANCE: Watney Collection Sale Part 3, lot 956; Dennis Collection.
NOTE: Octagonal teawares in the early version of this popular pattern are rarely found. In addition to the example offered here a similar teabowl and saucer was in the R. David Butti Collection and was sold for $7400 by Bonhams May 10 2006, lot 47. Another was exhibited in Simon Spero's 1992 exhibition, fig.27.