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Tea cup: C.9-2010

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain transfer-printed underglaze blue with ‘Emerging Boats’ or ‘Two Ducks’ pattern.

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transfer-printed underglaze in blue. Bute shape cup with ring handle. The cup is decorated with a continuous Chinese landscape known as 'Emerging Boats, or Two Ducks pattern : from right to left, a group of buildings, a tree, a trellis fence, a river or lake with two small boats, two ducks in the foreground, and emerging from behind the fence, a man in a boat travelling to the left towards a pagoda on the opposite bank; emerging from behind it is another man fishing from a boat, and in the middle, a house and tree on an island and in the distance two mountains.There is a horizontal gold band below the scene and on the rim. Inside the cup there is a border of trellis pattern, and flower heads within C scrolls. Down the back of the handle there is a vertical gold line.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequest, 2009

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.7 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Shelton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2009) by Keynes, W. M., Dr.


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1805 CE - Circa 1810 CE


This pattern is known as the 'Emerging Boats' or 'Ducks' pattern.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue ( ceramic printing colour)
Cup Diameter 8.3 cm. cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
Hybrid hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper stick on label

  • Text: I.K.2
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in turquoise ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-2010
Primary reference Number: 176639
Old object number: I.K.2
Entry form number: 1027
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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