A Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain Feather Decorated Inkwell, Circa 1800-04. The cylindrical form inkwell has concave sides and top. It is beautifully painted with a panel of feather decoration within a wide gilt border with a gilded leaf decoration over a delicate light peach ground with neoclassical diamond bands above and below. Illustrated: Antiques and Fine Art, Jan. 2007. p. 99 Mark: Incised ''B'' on base. Dimensions: 2 7/8" diameter ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; 2 3/4" high Reference: ; ; Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain 1783-1840, ;Henry Sandon, page 56, plate 41 for a spill vase with feathers; page 76, plate 59 for a pair of trumpet-shaped spill vases also page 84, Plate 69, for a honey pot of a slightly later date. ;In colour see page 37 for a spill vase from the 1805-10 period. The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, Volume I, 1751-1851, John Sandon, ;page 153-54 where he mentions that feather painting was very costly as can be seen from the Chamberlain order books. On page 207 under the entry for Inkwells, Sandon writes that "Worcester produced few inkwells before 1810. ;Early shapes have a very individual hand-thrown feel and follow a basic drum shape with a central well surrounded by quill holes. ;Examples are decorated mostly in blue with standard patterns."
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