Posted on: 15 March 2023

Private Collection of 18th Century Worcester and Caughley Porcelain

An exceptional private collection of 18th century Worcester and Caughley porcelain is set to go under the hammer at our upcoming auction on the 22nd March. The collection comprises 50 lots, including some rare and most sought-after examples of porcelain from these renowned English factories.

Lot 430

The collection was built up over many years by a dedicated local collector who had a deep passion for the beauty and craftsmanship of 18th century porcelain. It includes pieces from some of the most important periods of Worcester and Caughley production. Many of the pieces are decorated with exquisite hand-painted designs, predominantly in the renowned blue and white palettes, but also in the more unusual vibrant polychrome colours.

Lot 417

Some of the highlights of the collection include a large Worcester tankard, circa 1770, printed in the Parrot Pecking fruit pattern (Lot 430), a Caughley custard cup and cover, underglaze printed in the Full Nankin pattern (Lot 417), and a Worcester dish, printed in the uncommon European Landscape Group pattern (Lot 436).  Other notable pieces include a pair of Worcester chestnut baskets, a Caughley Scholar’s Rock pattern plate, and a Worcester polychrome coffee cup, circa 1765, in the Two Quails pattern. Also included in the same auction is a pair of Bow blue and white porcelain sauceboats, circa 1752. These were purchased by the vendor’s family from the Hill Court estate dispersal sale of 1890, and feature in the publication titled ‘British Porcelain Sauceboats of the 18th century’ by Nicholas Panes.

Lot 436

The auction will take place at our historic saleroom in Whitchurch on Wednesday 22nd March. Bidders will be able to view the collection in person prior to the sale, and online bidding will also be available for those unable to attend in person.

Managing Partner Christina Trevanion says, ‘This sale represents an exciting opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts, of 18th century porcelain to acquire ‘Fresh to the market’ examples of Worcester, Caughley, and other important English porcelain. It seems very fitting that we are selling this important Shropshire collection, including exceptional Salopian porcelain in our very own Shropshire saleroom.’

View the fully illustrated catalogue for the auction here.