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Milk jug: C.23-2010

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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, moulded (join line clearly visible at the front), glazed, and painted in two shades of blue, two shades of green, dark pink, flesh pink, dark puce, red, and black enamels. Of silver-shape with a loop handle. 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; and a black bush beside a red fence. The ground is indicated by horizontal red strokes. Round the outside of the rim there are two narrow red lines under which are four inverted hearts with a circle below each. On the inside edge of the rim there is a puce band, and down the back of the handle, graduated dots, a fan-shaped flower, and a long vertical stroke terminating in an arrowhead. Pattern 421


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequest, 2009

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.7 cm
Height: 4 3/16 in
Width: 11.6 cm
Width: 4½ in

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George III
Circa 1800 - 1805

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( two shades of blue, two shades of green, dark pink, flesh pink, dark puce, red, and black)

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: has small v or arrow and dot above

  • Text: 421
  • Location: On base at spout end
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Pattern number
  • 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.23-2010
Primary reference Number: 176726
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: IV.B.2
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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