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Punch pot with lid; porcelain; large, globular pot painted in Imari style; six half chrysanthemum roundels petalled alternately in underglaze blue, red and green enamels and gilt; four blue medallions with gilt trellis-work; inscribed and marked.
- Production date
- 1775 (c.)
Height: 22.50 centimetres (height including lid)
Height: 16.80 centimetres (height without lid)
Width: 28.10 centimetres (max width including spout and handle)
Width: 17.30 centimetres (max width not including spout and handle)
- Curator's comments
- Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
A large, globular pot painted in the Imari style with six half chrysanthemum roundels petalled alternately in underglaze blue, red and green enamels and gilt, and four blue medallions with gilt trellis-work. Under the spout is a running fox and the inscription, 'TALLY HO'. The cover is decorated in matching style.
The 1769 Worcester sale catalogue includes 'six caudle cups and saucers of the fine old Japan fan pattern, .£1.19s.': see Nightingale, 1881.
For a comparison of a cup and saucer with this 'fan' pattern and an Imari model, see H. Syz, 1970, Taf. V, Fig. 9. It is prominent also on the 'Chinese Imari' bowl No. 256.
R. L. Hobson, 'Catalogue of the Frank Lloyd Collection of Worcester Porcelain of the Wall Period', British Museum, London, 1923, No. 59.
Text from dawsson 2007:
As the inscription 'TALLY HO' and the running fox painted below the spout make clear, this pot was for punch to be drunk after a fox hunt. The rich and refined Imari-style painted decoration of fans with its complex gildedd pattern was used on Japanese porcelain in the late seventeenth century and was much admired in Europe in the eighteenth century. it was probably copied on European porcelain for the first time at the Chantilly factory near Paris on pieces made around 1735-40. At Worcester the pattern was probably known as 'Old Japan Fan Pattern' from 1769, when it is mentioned in a sale catalogue.
Many British stirrup cups for drinking alcohol after the hunt survive in both pottery and porcelain. They continued to be made from the late eighteenth century until the twentieth century.
On 7 March 1913 Stoner & Evans, dealers in works of art, billed Mrs Lloyd for 'An old Worcester punch-pot, decorated with a fan-pattern design, & inscribed on the spout 'Tally-ho', for which she paid £40.
A similarly decorated punch pot with a slight variation in the layout of the inscription is in the Marshall Collection at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Another was sold at Sotheby's on 25 January 1977, lot 175.
- On display (G46/dc21)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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