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Root dish: C.7 & A-1915

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Maker(s)

Wedgwood (Factory)

Description

White earthenware (pearlware), transfer-printed underglaze in blue. Rectangular with curved corners and waisted sides; domed cover with loop handle. The inside of the dish and the exterior of the cover are transfer-printed with 'Blue Bamboo' (or 'Chinese pattern with Urn') pattern with central vase decorated with a Chinese figure; the underside of the lid and the base of the dish are undecorated.

Notes

History note: Collection of Swann Hurrell, 30 Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge and from 1891, St Leonard’s (d. 1897); his niece, Miss Emily Beales, ‘Hurrell’, St Leonard’s on Sea

Legal notes

Given by Miss Emily Beales

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm
Length: 25.8 cm

Relative size of this object

25.8 cm10.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1915-06-26) by Beales, Emily, Miss

Dating

George III
Circa 1805 - 1815

Note

For the introduction of this blue and white pattern, which appears to be the earliest introduced by Wedgwood to compete with Spode and other manufacturers, see Documentation, Una des Fontaines (1966), pp. 69-90 especially pp. 79-81. It appears from an order of 21 December 1805 that there were two patterns, 'Bamboo' and 'New Chinese pattern with Urn', as the order was for either one or the other. A further order for the same client was for a 'Table Services of blue printed ware of your new pattern with the Chinese figure in the centre.' (Wedgwood archives L.73.12521 and 12523). The pattern is also referred to in E.13.12788.

The body used for underglaze blue decoration was similar, but not identical, to Wedg-wood's 'Pearl' body.The dish is approximately Queen's ware Shape 246, Root Dish or Cover dishes. Plain deep long square. Nos. 89-92 depending on size.

Wedgwood & Byerley or Josiah Wedgwood II

School or Style

Chinoiserie

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue ( in printing medium)

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware (pearlware), moulded, and transfer-printed underglaze in blue.
Transfer-printing underglaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the base of the dish
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 6
  • Location: On the base of the dish
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 90 and
  • Location: On the underside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7 & A-1915
Primary reference Number: 11909
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 June 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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