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Plate: C.8-1992

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain botanical plate, painted in polychrome enamels with plants and insects

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in green, yellow, dark pink, greyish-purple, red, dark reddish-brown, and black enamels. Circular with a slightly up-turned, shaped edge, sloping rim and deep well, standing on a footring; three spur marks on base. The front is decorated with a dark pink convolvulus or Indian bindweed plant, curved to occupy the whole area, accompanied by a butterfly and three other insects, painted with shadowed outlines. A maroon line encircles the edge of rim.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham died 1970; their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham by whom lent anonymously in 1988 (Statham Loan 2-1988). Bequeathed by Miss Statham, 1990, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.3 cm
Height: 3.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Chelsea ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1992-01-20) by H.M. Government


18th Century, Mid
George II
Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Circa 1755 CE - 1756 CE


The design was probably derived from Georg Dionysius Ehret, 'Plantae et Papiliones Rariores', 1748-62, pl. VII, with the inscription Convolvulus Indicus, flore amplo roseo. Miller Dict, and the detail, of the flower pl. VIII. The last two words of the inscription refer to Phillip Miller's 'The Gardeners Dictionary', (editions in 1731, 1739, 1754, and 1768), where in vol. I, Miller described the various types of convolvulus.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, dark pink, greyish-purple, red, maroon and black)

Materials used in production

presumed lead, possibly with tin-oxide to render it opaque Glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and decorated overglaze with plants and insects in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: an anchor over '35'
  • Location: On base, close to footring
  • Method of creation: Red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-1992
Primary reference Number: 131197
Old loan number: Statham Loan 2-1988
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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