A Rare Chelsea Two Quail Octagonal Dish

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Description

A Chelsea octagonal dish with a rare version of the "Two Quail" pattern

An octagonal dish with deeply panelled sides, a flat rim and an upturned lip. Wonderfully painted in their natural colours; a pair of brown, gold, red and black feathered quails peck at scattered millet seeds with yellow beaks. Behind and to their right are brightly coloured flowers in red and gold, more seeds and curling over their heads, framing the scene, a swaying stalk of millet laden with seeds

Circa 1753 - 1755

Three firing spurs and a red anchor to base

Diameter 24.75 cm

A very small repaired chip to the edge of the rim

This is the second quail version of four principal forms on Chelsea porcelain during the raised and red anchor period which was a direct copy of the Japanese Arita Kakiemon design from the late 17th Century. The colours of the Chelsea version are slightly deeper than that of the Arita prototype, but virtually everything else is exact. 

Please click on the British Museum link below to be taken to similar Chelsea dish in the Franks Collection. A Japanese original in the Ashmolean Museum was also exhibited as fig. 359. These same pieces are also discussed by Dr Chris Girton, The Two Quail Pattern (2004), p.14, fig. 6 and p.36, fig. 25.

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