Worcester Porcelain Factory
born established 1751
Northern Europe, English, Worcestershire
1 1/2 in. x 6 1/4 in. x Diam: 5 3/4 in. (3.81 cm x 15.88 cm x 14.61 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lucien Loeb
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The pair of dishes in the MMFA collection with embossed rose buds and leaves is decorated with the so called "Blind Earl" pattern. The molded Blind Earl pattern, introduced in the mid-1750s, is probably the best known of Worcester's early patterns.
Legend suggests that the name refers to the Earl of Coventry, who, blinded in a hunting accident, asked the factory to make him a design he could feel. However, the embossed design of rose leaves and buds is most likely based on Chelsea sources and occurs on plates, sweetmeat dishes, and small oval spoon trays. The usual form of decoration was for the rose leaves and buds to be naturalistically colored. However, the design was also decorated with underglaze blue and overglaze transfer prints. Occasionally the molded pattern was completely ignored and decorated with incongruous designs that did not relate or adhere to the embossed pattern.