This week's "Saucer of the Week" essay is being posted right at the wire. In case you didn't notice, my previous post regarding the use of what I consider to be the proper spoon and fork to consume one's dessert created a bit of a firestorm. I've been busy responding to the interesting and thought-provoking comments that ensued. What fun I have had!
But today is Sunday and the week is running out. I must now get back on track and publish another post in my weekly series on the subject of saucers . . .
Today's featured saucer is English, and was, I believe, made in the first half of the nineteenth century. I suspect that it is either Worcester or Derby, but it could be from another pottery altogether. I am not such an expert as to be able to determine its origins beyond that it is English. If you have greater knowledge of this saucer's origin, Dear Reader, I would be most grateful if you would please comment and enlighten me.
The decoration on this handsome saucer is done in imitation of Japanese Imari, with both an underglaze and overglaze applied decoration, including gilding. The border is divided into six equal segments featuring branches of cherry blossoms alternating with cartouches containing pretty birds. A large chrysanthemum appears in the middle of the plate. The saucer is unmarked and measures 5 3/8 inches in diameter.
For the life of me, I cannot remember where I got it. I don't think I paid all that much for it.
I admire this saucer for the vigor and brilliance of its decoration. It sits on my bedside table at Darlington House, where it adds a welcome jolt of happy color to the room and pleases me whenever I see it.
Photograph by Boy Fenwick