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Tea bowl and saucer: C.27 & A-2010

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transer-printed and painted in enamels with a Chinese scene including a boy at a window. Pattern no. 425

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transfer-printed overglaze in black, and painted in very pale blue, blue, green, turquoise, puce, red, grey, and black enamels. The circular bowl has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. The saucer has sloping sides, and a slightly convex central area, and stands on a footring. The exterior of the cup is decorated twice with a Chinese figure scene known as 'the Window' or 'the Boy at the Window'. On the left, a young woman stands beside a grey table watched by two boys, and a young man leans out of the window of a house on the right. In the background there is a red fence and a pink and dark puce landscape. Repeated twice between the scenes there is an oval scroll-edged reserves with an apricot ground and darker apricot splodges, and below two smaller round scroll-edged reserves containing a plant with a puce flower. Above there is an area of pink and dark pink spotted trellis pattern. Below and above the design there is a narrow horizontal black line. Inside there is a small red plant in the bottom, and round the rim, a border of adjacent red arrowheads between horizontal black lines. The saucer has the Chinese scene in the middle surrounded by matching shaped panels and trellis, and the border pattern round the edge. Pattern no. 425.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequest, 2009

Place(s) associated

  • Shelton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1795 - 1800

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black) enamel
Saucer Diameter 14.2 cm Height 3 cm
Tea Bowl Diameter 9.1 cm Height 5.1 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
Hybrid hard-paste

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label with border of a wide and a narrow concentric circle in Prussian blue

  • Text: 312/PP
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: IV.B.1
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27 & A-2010
Primary reference Number: 177294
Entry form number: 1027
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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