Rare Worcester Porcelain Lilac Printed L'Amour Tea Bowl
A pretty first period Worcester porcelain tea bowl of fluted shape with on-glaze enamel printed pattern "L'Amour", engraved by Robert Hancock and rarely printed in lilac with a gilded rim. These prints are almost always in jet black and only occur occasionally in other colours such as brown, puce and lilac. Dating to c.1765, it is unusually marked with the under-glaze blue fretted square (on-glaze printed wares are never usually marked in this way).
It measures 7.8cm (3 1/8") wide and 4.2cm (1 5/8") high.
Condition is good: there is a tight 2cm hairline running just to the right of the smaller reverse scene. The gilding on the rim is a little worn and there are 2 small erroneous drops of gilt just below the rim. A little wear to the enamel at some of the raised points of the flutes as you might expect.