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Dessert dish: EC.17-1939

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood




Cream-coloured earthenware (Queen's ware) painted in brown and blue enamels. Of elongated quatrefoil shape, standing on a low footring. Decorated with Pattern 266, a border of brown barley and blue trefoils (cornflowers?) inside a scalloped blue edging.


History note: The Darwin family

Legal notes

Given by The Hon. Lady Ida Darwin, 1939

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.1 cm
Width: 21.4 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939) by Darwin, Ida


Late 18th or early 19th century
George III
Circa 1780 - 1810


Josiah Wedgwood I or Wedgwood & Byerley

The pattern 266 is in the 'First Pattern Book' copied from earlier pattern books, and apparently compiled between 1810 and 1814. See Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London, 1989, I, p. 285, pl. 338E, bottom left. The shape approximates to no. 297 on P. 20 of the 1817 Catalogue, reproduced by Reilly, op. cit., II, p. 417, p. 645.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue and brown)

Materials used in production

Cream-coloured earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream-coloured earthenware (Queen's ware) painted in brown and blue enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: M
  • Location: On base above factory mark
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.17-1939
Primary reference Number: 11743
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 27 June 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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