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Milk jug: EC.19-1941

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


milk jug


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain milk or cream jug, moulded, glazed and decorated with branches of tea plant, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain milk or cream jug, moulded, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, and puce enamels. The lobed baluster-shaped body stands on a waisted lobed foot, and is moulded with spiralling branches of coloured tea plant. The bifurcated handle issues from an acanthus-moulded cartouche, and has two acanthus terminals.


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 24.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm
Length: 7 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


This forms part of the 'tea-plant' series of Chelsea triangle wares, which comprised coffee pots, beakers, sugar boxes, and saucers but, paradoxically, not teapot or teabowls have been recorded. Examplesa are known in the white, and with coloured decoration, and were almost certainly inspired by a silver prototype. Marked variations in npainting and palette can be seen in tea-plant wares.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, red, and puce)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and decorated with branches of tea plant, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.19-1941
Primary reference Number: 118344
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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