Antique English Porcelain First Period Worcester Underglaze Blue Blind Earl Leaf Sweetmeat Dish,
The 18th-century shaped First Period Worcester Blind Earl pattern moulded dish is finely painted in underglaze blue with bugs and leaves.
Dimensions: 6 inches x 5 1/2 inches (15.24 cm x 13.97 cm ).
The Blind Earl pattern, with its raised moulding, was introduced by Worcester in the 1750s. It was named after the Earl of Coventry, who lost his sight in a hunting accident, asking Worcester to make for him a design that he could feel - the accident purportedly dating from the 1770's and research also shows that two generations of
the family suffered a loss of vision. Thus while the story is fun it is not correct.
A similar shape was also made at Chelsea during the Red Anchor period (1752-56).
Reference: Worcester Porcelain, Zorensky Collection, Page 458, #623 for an identical dish