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Cress dish: C.115-2010

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, pierced, and transfer-printed underglaze in blue with the ‘Pine Cone Group’ pattern surrounded by five floral sprays

Steatitic soft-paste porcelain, moulded, pierced, and transfer-printed underglaze in blue. Circular with a cusped and scalloped edge, and curved sides, standing on a footring. The centre is pierced by numerous small circular holes forming a lozenge currounded by two circles, one of which is outside the footring. The inside is decorated with the ‘Pine Cone Group’ pattern surrounded by five floral sprays. The exterior is undecorated.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dame Anne Warburton

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.4 cm
Diameter: 7½ in
Height: 5 cm
Height: 2 in

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2010-06-07) by Warburton, Anne, Dame


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1770 - 1785


According to Henry Sandon, Worcester cress dishes are rare. They were supplied with stands to catch the water. (See Documention)

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( blue)

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: hatched crescent
  • Location: Situated beside the footring
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: small circular white paper label

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.115-2010
Primary reference Number: 177300
Entry form number: 1038
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 May 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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