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Tea bowl and saucer: C.16 & A-2010

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transfer-printed underglaze in blue, and painted in blue, green, dark pink, and red enamels with a 'tobacco leaf' pattern. Pattern 272.

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transfer-printed underglaze in blue, and painted overglaze in blue, green, dark pink, and red enamels. The tea bowl has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. The saucer has curved sides and a footring. The centre of its base is surrounded by a slightly indented circle underglaze. The interior of the cup has a printed and painted blue circular flower in the middle, and a narrow blue border of stylised red flowerheads and stems of blue foliage. The exterior is decorated with a tobacco leaf' pattern comprising blue and red serrated leaves flanking a red flower with blue edge, and two circular blue flowers similar to the one inside, sprays of small green leaves, and dark pink flowers, and, on one side, two linked blue rings. The inside of the saucer is decorated to match. Pattern 272


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Shelton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1795 - 1800


The pattern 'Tobacco leaf' pattern was derived from Chinese porcelain

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, dark pink, and red) cobalt ( in underlgaze ceramic printing pigment)
Saucer Diameter 13 cm Diameter 5⅛ in Height 3.4 cm
Cup Diameter 8.4 cm Diameter 3¼ in Height 5.2 cm Height 2 in

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Hybrid hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: I.B.3
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16 & A-2010
Primary reference Number: 176714
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: I B 3
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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