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Length: 10 inches; 25cm
A set of three unusual shell-form dishes, after an English or French porcelain type, painted in overglaze blue enamel and gilt, each on three feet.
Variations of this form are found in Sevres procelain, notably a compotier coquille from the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria service (1785) and another with birds from the Auckland service (1786). The form is also known from the porcelain factory on Rue Thiroux, Fabrique de la Reine, Marie Antoinette’s private factory.
These Chinese examples are closer in style to English porcelain from Worcester, Derby, Caughley and others including two Coalport examples, one from a service for Augustus of Hanover and another from the ‘Animal’ service with a central image of an ape.
This trio is finely potted with elaborate handles and shaped rims, close to some Worcester and Derby examples, but the precise model has yet to be found.
References: Regine De Plinval De Guillebon (1972) Porcelain of Paris, 1770-1850, Pub: Walker & Co, p95, a shell dish; Shrewsbury Museums Service: a Coalport ‘Animal’ shell dish (C.490/3).