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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Joseph Machin (Uncertain)
Factory: Machin & Co. (Uncertain)




Bone china, transfer-printed in red, and painted in polychrome enamels with Chinese figures in gardens reserved in a pink diapered ground; gold lustre on knob

Bone china, the oval pot slip-cast (?), the stand press-moulded, transfer-printed onglaze rather carelessly in red, and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, red, puce, purple, and black enamels, and gold lustre (knob). The New Oval shape pot has a reserve on each side framed by red C-scrolls reserved in a puce diapered ground which ends at the shoulder. The reserve on one side is occupied by a Chinese boy, a basket on the ground, a kneeling man presenting flower to a man holding a whip who stands beside a tree and a rock; in the background to left is a house with upturned roof and a first floor balcony. On the other side is the same scene (but not identical) is reversed. There are red bands round the shoulder and upper edge, the end of the spout and the edges of the handle. The cover has a puce diapered border broken at the cardinal points by floral sprays in quatrefoil reserves with red C-scrolled edges, and the knob is decorated with gold lustre strokes radiating from the central 'nipple'. The oval stand has shallow, slightly everted sides. It is decorated with the same scene with larger scale figures, surrounded by a puce diapered border broken at the cardinal points by a floral sprays in quatrefoil reserves with red C-scrolled edges.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequest, 2009

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1802 - 1818


Possibly made in the Machin factory. According to Geoffrey Godden (see Documentation) Joseph Machin was recorded at Holehouse, Waterloo Road, Burslem between 1802-18 and Machin & Co. was listed between 1812 and 1818 at Holeshouse Works.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, orange, puce, red, and black enamels) lustre ( gold on knob only) ceramic printing colour ( red)
Teapot Height 15.7 cm Length 27.5 cm Length 10 ¾ in
Teapot Stand Height 2 cm Height ¾ in Length 20 cm Length 7 ⅞ in
Tea[pt Height 6 3/16 in

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
probably Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 100
  • Location: On handle end of base of teapot
  • Method of creation: Painted in puce
  • Type: Pattern number

Inscription present: script N

  • Text: N 330
  • Location: On base of stand
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Pattern number

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: I.H.1
  • Location: On base of teapot
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in turquoise ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17 & A-B-2010
Primary reference Number: 176715
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: I H 1
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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