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Aesthetic Sabotaqe: C.9.2-004

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Aesthetic Sabotaqe


Designer: Dawson, Robert
Maker: Worcester Royal Porcelain Company (Probably)




Plate. Bone china printed in blue. Circular with a narrow sloping rim and shallow well standing on a slight footring. The front is printed over an almost elliptical area of the rim and well with a distorted version of the Willow Pattern with three figures on the bridge and two love birds in the sky above.


History note: Contemporary Applied Arts,2 Percy Street, London, WC1T 1DD from whom purchased by the Friends for £92.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.2 cm
Height: 1.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2004-10-11) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Circa 1997 - Circa 2003


Robert Dawson's original interpretation of the 'Willow Pattern' plate design made his name when he held a solo exhibition 'Appropriating the Willows' at the Studio Pottery Gallery in Exeter in 1997. This is one of a series of eight plates each of which features a plate seen from a different viewpoint, or a blown up detail of the design.

School or Style


Components of the work


Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Bone china, printed in blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: monogram with the R inside the D

  • Text: 'edition no. 40/100/RD monogram'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in purplish-black
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9.2-004
Primary reference Number: 110386
Entry form number: 611
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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