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Sweetmeat dish: EC.17-1941

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain sweetmeat dish, moulded, glazed and decorated with flowers and insects in polychrome onglaze enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain sweetmeat dish, moulded, and painted in green, yellow, pink, blue, turquoise, and black enamels. The bowl is formed as a deep, oval, fluted shell resting on a splayed and fluted base. The interior is painted with two moths and a beetle, and a peony spray in Chinese famille-rose style. The exterior is painted with scattered insects and flower sprays


History note: Dr Bellamy Gardner; sold Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics, and Enamels. The Property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 22.

Legal notes

Given by the National Art Collections Fund as Trustee of the R.S.Cochrane Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm
Length: 12.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-06-12) by National Art Collections Fund


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Triangle Period
Circa 1745 - Circa 1749


Simon Spero (see Documentation 1995) notes that both famille-rose and botanical painting is found on these dishes, which almost certainly derive from a silver prototype, and that some appear to have been painted by an outside decorator. The speckling on the underside of this piece may indicate that it is an example decorated outside the factory.

The spot of underglaze blue on the base indicates that the piece was made in a factory where blue and white was also produced. These are extremely rare at all periods of Chelsea porcelain (see Documentation, Adams 2001 and and Legge 1984).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, turquoise, pink, and black)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and decorated with flowers and insects in polychrome onglaze enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: an incised triangle with an accidental blue spot underglaze at its apex

  • Text: a triangle
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised under glaze
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.17-1941
Primary reference Number: 118343
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 25 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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