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Plate: EC.25-1939

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Frankenthal Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in blue, bluish-green, green, yellow, yellowish-brown, dull red, red-brown, brown, purple, and black, and gilded. Circular with eight slight arcs on the edge, sloping concave rim, shallow curved sides, and flat centre, standing on a footring. Decorated in the centre with a gold crown of TC monogram (Carl Theodore) surrounded by a sunburst with wavy rays. Around this are thirty radiating comparmens outlined in gold, each painted with a spray of flowers, and numberered 1-3, next compartment unnumbered, 5, 1-8, 108, and 1-6. Flowers 1-3 are gold 4 puce and gold, 5 red and gold, 108 shades of blue, 1-8 shades of yellow to yellowish-brown, 1-6 shades of bluish-green. On the sides of the well is an inscription in Latin VARIANTIBVS FLOSCVLIS DIVERSIL COLORES FABRICA SVB REVIVI GENTIS SOLIS HVIVS RADIIS EXVLTANTIS IN FRANKENTAAL*’ in letters of unequal size in gold between gold bands. On the rim there are thirty raditaing panels outlined in gold painted with a floral spray of a rose and tulip, numbered 1-4, 1-8 , a and b 1a-1d and 2a, 2b 3 and 4. Sprays 1-4 are black, 1-8, a and b puce-purple, 1a – 1d and 2a, 2b 3 and 4, iron red. There is a gold band on the edge.


History note: The Reverend Thomas Staniforth (d. 1887) Storrs Hall, Cumbria. Purchased from J. Rochelle Thomas for £24?, the Georgian Galleries, 10-12 King Street, St James, London SW1.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1939)


18th century
Carl Theodore
Production date: circa AD 1775 : Carl Theodore was the Elector Palatine


Dawson 1985 (see Documentation) gave the following information: Emil Heuser (see Documentation, 1922) considered that this was a ‘colour trial plate’ (Farbenprobteller), which Simon Feilner, the director of the factory, had painted himself to show the colours that had been developed. He stated that the plate had been sent to the Elector Palatine, Carl Theodore, on 11 August 1775, and as a result he was given the title Hofkammerat, and a salary to go with it. He did not give documentary sources. Dawson read the mark inside the footring as 73 (?)

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, bluish-green, green, yellow, yellowish-brown, dull red, red-brown, brown, purple, and black) gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in enamels, and gilded
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a crown over interlaced Cs

  • Text: script ‘N’ over ‘2’
  • Location: On the base beside the footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Location: In the centre of the base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: two numbers, a 7 or T3 or 8
  • Location: On the interior of the footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: the words 'Revd y ' and 'Staniforth' are underlined

  • Text: National Exhibition/of Works of Art./LEEDS 1868/’ hand-written‘Revd y / printed ‘MUSEUM . ART’ hand-written in faded black ink ‘Staniforth’ printed PROPRIETOR’
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black, and hand-written on square paper label
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.25-1939
Primary reference Number: 125092
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 12 July 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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