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Worcester Pierced Rice Spoon

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Dates 1770
Medium Porcelain
Origin England
Description A fine blue and white Worcester pierced rice spoon, the base of the deep leaf-shaped bowl delicately pierced with a formal design, narrowing at one end to form the handle with a moulded leaf-shaped terminal picked out in blue, the interior painted with the 'Maltese Cross Flower' pattern.

15cm long, open crescent mark

These spoons were copied from a popular Chinese shape, produced at Worcester both as pierced and unpierced examples. The original purpose of this type of spoon in 18th century England is uncertain. Some experts have suggested that the plain spoons were probably intended as tea caddy spoons and the pierced versions as egg drainers.
Literature Lawrence Branyan, Neal French and John Sandon - Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790

(Reference I.F.1 - 1770-80)