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Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels with a Chinese scene known as 'The Boy with a Butterfly'. Pattern no. 421.

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted in two shades of blue, two shades of green, dark pink, dark puce, red, brown, and black enamels. The cup has deep curved sides, and stands on a footring. The saucer has shallow curved sides and a footring. The interior of the cup is decorated at the bottom with a red plant, and round the rim with two narrow red lines under which are four stylized plants with a circle below each. The exterior is decorated with a continuous Chinese scene: two fuzzy black bushes behind a red fence; a woman wearing green and puce clothing standing holding a sceptre; a black bush and a rock beside a flowering tree; a boy dressed in green and dark puce who is holding up his arms towards a butterfly; two black bushes flanking a flowering tree; a standing man dressed in blue. The ground is indicated by horizontal brown strokes. The saucer is decorated to match with rocks, and black bushes beside a tree; a boy holding up arms to reach a butterfly, and the same man and woman standing close together beisde the boy in front of a red fence and black fuzzy bush. Round the edge there is a border matching that on the cup. Pattern 421.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequst, 2009

Place(s) associated

  • Shelton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1800 - 1805

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( two shades of blue, two shades of green, dark pink, dark puce, red, brown, and black)
Saucer Diameter 13.2 cm Diameter 5 3/16 in Height 3.5 cm Height 1 ⅜ in
Bowl Diameter 8.4 cm Diameter 3 5/16 in Height 5 cm Height 2 in

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted overglaze in two shades of blue, two shades of green, dark pink, dark puce, red, brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: left bracket enclosing a dot
  • Location: On base of cup and saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: IV.B.2
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22 & A-2010
Primary reference Number: 176725
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: IV.B.2
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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