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Cup and saucer: C.7 & A-1972

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain cup and saucer decorated in the style of J. G. Horoldt, with enamel colours, purple lustre (misfired gold) and gilt. Bell shaped cup with a triple curved, ear-shaped handle. Shallow, circular saucer.
There is a four lobed panel on the front of the cup, framed by scrollwork in gold with small areas of purple lustre and in iron-red and purple enamel. Painted in colours within is a Chinese man, standing beside a lady seated on a high backed chair with a child at her knee. On each side of the gilt handle are 'Indian' flowers. There is a gilt band round the foot ring and elaborate gilt scrollwork inside the rim.
In the middle of the saucer there is a larger four lobed panel, similarly framed and painted in enamels with two Chinese musicians and a flowering tree. There is elaborate gold scrollwork round the rim. On there back are two sprays of Indian' flowers with an insect in the spaces between them.


History note: Unknown before Sir Richard Jessel

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972-01-20) by Jessel, Richard, Sir


Frederick Augustus I
Circa 1724 CE - 1730 CE


The Chinoiseries are in the style developed in the 1720s by Johan Gregor Höroldt (1696-1775), active at the Meissen factory 1720 -56 and 1763-5.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre enamel gold
Saucer Diameter 14.2 cm
Cup Diameter 7.2 cm Height 8 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Hard-paste porcelain, glazed, and decorated with painting in polychrome enamels, purple lustre, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: i
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gold number
  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7 & A-1972
Primary reference Number: 140350
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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