This antique sugar box made by Chamberlains Worcester in the Bengal tiger pattern is painted with lappet-shaped panels on each side showing a mythical beast. At each end of the sugar box is a panel showing objects of good fortune. The border is painted in the Famille Verte palette. A lovely detail along the top and bottom of the sugar box are rows of small green and orange banners. This very popular Chamberlains Worcester pattern is known as Bengal tiger, dragon in compartments, or kylin in compartments. It was first made by Worcester in the 18th century. The pattern is an exotic English interpretation of Chinese export porcelains from the Kangxi period. The painting and gilding of the Chamberlains Worcester factory met the highest standards of porcelain manufacturers during the period, and the factory enjoyed royal patronage. Robert Chamberlain and his son Humphrey were responsible for the decoration and gilding of the porcelains made in the original Worcester factory during the 1770s and 1780s. In 1793 they opened their own porcelain manufactory in Worcester. According to Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain 1788-1852 by Geoffrey Godden."A very popular Oriental-styled pattern is the one known as Dragon it is today often called Tiger. At the time factory records show that a large Gallon Punch bowl sold for 220 pound sterling. By 1800 the Chamberlain Worcester factory was well established. Chamberlains Worcester and Flight Barr Worcester were the two leading manufacturers of English porcelains. In this pattern we also have The 18 dishes 8.5inches diameter made between 1795-1805( not shown). The dishes are marked on the reverse in iron red: Chamberlains Worcester 75. (We will be happy to send images). The price for the 18 dishes $9000. Also in this pattern we are offering: A pair of heart shaped dishes 1stdibs Ref: LU86659429683 price for the pair $2500 A pair of shell shaped dishes 1stdibs Ref: Ref: LU86659429693 price for the pair $2300 A pair of lozenge shaped dishes 1stdibs Ref: LU86659429703 price for the pair $1400 A compote 1stdibs Ref: LU86659429833 $2300 Reference Chamberlain Worcester Porcelain 1788-1852, by Geoffrey Godden.
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