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Antique English Porcelain First Period Worcester Underglaze Blue Blind Earl Leaf Sweetmeat Dish, 
Circa 1765-75.

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 1750’s.  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


15.24 cm x 13.97 cm

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