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Tea bowl: C.79 & A-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Tea bowl and saucer of octagonal form, soft-paste porcelain painted overglaze in polychrome enamels with scattered sprays and sprigs of flowers in the style of Mesissen deutsche Blumen.

Soft-paste porcelain teabowl and saucer, painted overglaze in red, yellow, green, blue, pink, and brown enamels. The octagonal teabowl and saucer are painted with patterned sprays and sprigs of flowers in Meissen deutsche Blumen style, the interior of the teabowl also with a butterfly. The rims are banded in brown.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10-14) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Mid 18th Century
George II
Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Circa 1754 CE - Circa 1755 CE


Both the painted decoration and the marks are by two different hands. The style of the painting is directly copied from the deutsche Blumen of Meissen, popular c. 1745-50, while the octagonal shape is copied from a n Arita Kakiemon porcelain original of c. 1700, which was also copied at Meissen, c. 1730-35. The shape was first used at Chelsea during the raised anchor period, c. 1749-52.

School or Style

deutsche Blumen

Components of the work

Both Parts composed of lead-glazed ( presumed lead) soft-paste porcelain
Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, blue, pink, and brown)
Saucer Height 3.5 cm Width 7.5 cm
Cup Height 5 cm Width 7.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small

  • Text: a red anchor
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: small

  • Text: a red anchor
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.79 & A-1932
Primary reference Number: 118419
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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