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Saucer dish: C.71-1933

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain saucer dish, moulded, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels with fruit and insects.

Soft-paste porcelain saucer dish, moulded and painted overglaze in red, yellow, green, brown, and puce enamels. The circular dish has shallow curved sides and a feather-edged rim. The inside is decorated with a cluster of walnuts, plums, raspberries, and a pear, with three scattered insects. the border is picked out in turquoise and brown.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Rev. A.V. Valentine-Richards

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-04-03) by Valentine-Richards, A. V., The Rev


18th Century, third quarter#
Gold anchor period (1759-69)
George III
Circa 1762 CE - Circa 1765 CE


Feather-moulded borders were first used at Chelsea c.1755, and continued in production throughout the Chelsea-Derby period. They are also found on Staffordshire salt-glazed stoneware and cream-coloured erthenwares.

The bold style of fruit painting is comparable to two plates from a service, at one time owned by the Duke of Cambridge, a grandson of George II. It was to influence the fruit painting undertaken in the London atelier of James Giles during the late 1760s, and the painting on a Worcester service, made c. 1775-8 for William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, brother of the Duke of Cambridge who owned the Chelsea service.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( red, yellow, green, brown, and puce)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Saucer dish of soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels with fruit and insects
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: an anchor
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.71-1933
Primary reference Number: 118588
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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