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Tea bowl: C.138 & A-1918

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Caughley Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain tea bowl and saucer, transfer-printed underglaze in blue with the 'Temple' pattern, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain tea bowl and saucer, transfer-printed underglaze in blue, and gilt. The tea bowl has high, rounded sides with a lobed and barbed rim, and stands on a tall footring. The saucer has shallow, rounded sides, with a similar rim, and a low footring. Each piece is printed with the 'Temple' pattern, enclosed by a broad diaper border, edged with gilt bands.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Place(s) associated

  • Caughley ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Griffin, Ralph, MA, FSA


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1785 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue
Tea Bowl Diameter 8.3 cm Height 6.2 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S
  • Location: On base of tea bowl
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: a tiny x and a dot

  • Text: x .
  • Location: On base of tea bowl
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.138 & A-1918
Primary reference Number: 133881
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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