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Inkwell: C.8-1951

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain inkwell, painted in enamels in famille rose style, and inscribed 'MADE AT NEW CANTON 1750'

Soft-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in pink, yellow, green, blue, and manganese-purple enamels. The cylindrical inkwell has flat shoulders, pierced with five holes for pens, and a short, cylindrical neck. The top is inscribed around the shoulders in capital letters in manganese ‘MADE AT NEW CANTON 1750’. The sides are painted in famille-rose palette after a Kakiemon original, with bamboo and scrolling prunus branches growing from banded hedge.


History note: Stoner & Evans, London, from whom purchased on 16 June 1938 for £50 by Cecil Vavasseur Fisher, 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone (1868-1955); given jointly with his wife, Jane (née Morgan) (d. 1955)

Legal notes

Given by Lord and Lady Fisher

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 9 cm
Height: 5.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1951-10-18) by Fisher, Lord and Lady


18th Century, Mid
George II
Production date: dated AD 1750 : dated

School or Style

famille rose

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pink,yellow, green, blue, and manganese)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Soft-paste porcelain painted overglaze in pink, yellow, green, blue, and manganese enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MADE AT NEW CANTON 1750
  • Location: On shoulder
  • Method of creation: Painted in manganese enamel
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular paper label printed with Lord Fisher's crest in red, and inscribed '12' in black ink

  • Text: Lord Fisher's crest and '12'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Collector's label
  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Collector's mark

Inscription present: circular paper label printed round the edge with ENGLISH CERAMIC CIRCLE 1948 and inscribed 'No. 126'

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and handwritten in ink
  • Type: Exhibition label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-1951
Primary reference Number: 118650
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 January 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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