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Cup and saucer: C.75 & A-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Cup and saucer


Factory: Tournai Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels with exotic birds

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, dark puce, purple, orange-brown, brown, and black enamels. The cup has deep sides which curve upwards and outwards from the foot, and then rise almost vertically to the rim. The handle is harp-shaped with a slight kick at the bottom. The saucer is circular with curved sides. The cup is decorated on one side with a flying bird, and on the other with a group of birds, two standing and one perched in a tree. The handle is outlined in dark puce. The saucer is decorated internally with a peacock amid foliage, and with two other birds, one in a tree, and the other flhing. The rims of both pieces are outlined in dark puce.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Place(s) associated

  • Tournai ⪼ Belgium

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, second half#
Circa 1762 CE - 1782 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, rose-pink, orange-brown, brown, and black)
Saucer Diameter 14 cm Height 2.2 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 7.3 cm
Cup Height 7.5 cm
Cup Handle To Rim Width 9.8 cm
Both Parts

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: first letter is difficult to see

  • Text: g 2, y 2 or script J 2
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Incised underglaze
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.75 & A-1950
Primary reference Number: 131020
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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