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Coffee cup and saucer: C.33 & A-2010

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: uncertain




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transfer-printed in black and painted in polychrome enamels with a Chinese figure scenes and floral borders

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, transfer-printed in black and painted in blue, turquoise, green, apricot-pink, puce, purple, red, and black enamels. The cup is of London shape. The circular saucer has deep curved sides which on the outside, have an ridge and depression around the footring. The exterior of the cup is decorated with a Chinese scene. A lady holding a flower in her left hand is seated on a rectangular garden seat. To the left of her there is half of a female attendant and a pot plant. To the right there is a small boy, and a lady bringing a small tree in a pot. Two small dogs scamper in the foreground.Beside the handle there is a group of flowers in a large vase. A broad multicoloured border of stylized flowers and leaves encircles the inside of the rim. The back of the handle has a puce spot and a vertical stroke. The saucer is decorated with a variant of the scene with a small building on an island floating above the figures, and the border round the outer edge.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Dr Milo Keynes Bequest, 2009

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1800

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black) enamel ( blue, turquoise, green, apricot-pink, puce, purple, red, and black)
Saucer Diameter 14 cm Height 3.9 cm
Cup Diameter 7.5 cm Height 6.5 cm Width 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
Hybrid hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white card tie-on label

  • Text: New Hall M/Pat 86/2 cracks 4E14.2 £39
  • Location: Attached to handle by thread
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

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

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33 & A-2010
Primary reference Number: 177299
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: I.I.3
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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