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Tea bowl and saucer: C.52 & A-B-2010

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted underglaze in blue and gold with undulating ribbon, paterae, and undulating leaf spray. Identified as pattern no. u584 or no. 170

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted underglaze in blue, and gilded. The tea bowl is circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The saucer (A) has curved sides and stands on a footring, and the coffee cup (B) has deep almost straight sides, curving inwards to the footring, and a loop handle. The tea bowl is decorated inside with a gold floral srpay at the bottom, and a border comprising blue paterae linked by undulating blue ribbons edged with gold, an undulating continuous spray of gold leaves, and gold spots in the spaces, with a gold horizontal band below, and a gold band on the rim. On the outside there is a horizontal gold band intertwined by a leafy stem a short distance below the rim, and a gold band round the footring. The saucer is decorated to match, but has a gold circle round the central spray. The coffee cup is decorated to match the tea bowl but does not have a central spray inside. It also has a vertical gold line down the back of the handle. Identified as pattern no. u584 or no. 170.


History note: Unknown before testator

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 1790 - 1795

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt ( painted underglaze) gold
Saucer Diameter 12.8 cm Height 3 cm
Coffee Cup Diameter 6.5 cm Height 6.6 cm Width 8.5 cm
Tea Bowl Diameter 8.2 cm Height 5 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
Hybrid hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: III.E.1
  • Location: On base of each piece
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label, older than the circular label

  • Text: Pattern 170
  • Location: On base of coffee cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.52 & A-B-2010
Primary reference Number: 177384
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: III.E.1
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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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