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A WORCESTER WINE-FUNNEL
CIRCA 1754
Painted in the famille rose palette with a Long Eliza figure holding a fan between leaves and a pine-tree before a ruyi sceptre in a basket, the reverse with a vignette of a pagoda on a wooded island, the interior with a narrow green diaper-pattern ground reserved with demi-flowerheads, minor surface scratching
5½ in. (14 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

Produced in three sizes, of which this is the largest, this utilitarian object is a rare survivor. Polychrome wine-funnels had a brief production period from about 1754 to 1756 and an underglaze blue example was introduced briefly during 1768-67. A near-identical wine-funnel is discussed in Simon Spero, Lund's Bristol and Early Worcester Porcelain 1750-58, the A.J. Smith Collection, London, 2005, nos. 25 and 110 and also Dinah Reynolds, Worcester Porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1988, pl. 4, no. 308.

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