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Plate: EC.22B-1945

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Buen Retiro




Soft-paste porcelain plate painted in polychrome enamels and gold with the initials CL in monogram, and on the rim with oval medallions containing towers, and kidney-shaped panels containing landscapes, all with gold frames flanked by gold swags and tassels

Soft-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels and gilt. Circular with twelve indentations in the edge, sloping rim, and shallow curved well, standing on a low footrim. The plate is decorated in the centre with a monogram comprising a C in gold, and an L formed of pink roses and leaves. On the rim there are three oval medallions containing sepia towers surrounded by gold frames and roses, alternating with three kidney-shaped panels containing polychrome landscapes surrounded by gold frames, and flanked by gold swags terminating in tassels. The edge of the rim is gilded.


History note: Louis Colville Gray Clarke, MA, Leckhampton, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by L.C.G. Clarke, MA

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.1 cm
Height: 3.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Madrid ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-07-20) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Late
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE


This plate and EC.22B-1945 are replacements for plates in the Sèvres ' Asturias Service (Service des Asturies), so called because it was given by Louis XVI to Maria Luisa Teresa, Princessa de Asturias, wife of Charles, Principe de Asturias, who in 1788 became Charles IV of Spain. The Princess was a granddaughter of Louis XV who had ordered the service before his death in 1774. The service was delivered in stages beginning in 1775 with supplements in 1776. 1783, 1786, 1787 and 1789.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold

Materials used in production

lead-glaze assumed Glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: fleur-de-lys is bluish-grey and dot turquoise

  • Text: fleur-de-lys with dot over centre
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in bluish-grey and turquoise
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.22B-1945
Primary reference Number: 140407
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 19 October 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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