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Tea bowl and saucer: C.91 & A-B-2010

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels with a pink dotted trellis border, a dotted wavy line and floral sprigs. Pattern 173.

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, green, pink, puce, purple and red enamels. The tea bowl has deep curved sides and a high footring. The circular saucer (A) has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. The coffee cup (B) has deep almost straight sides which curve in to the low footring . The cup is decorated on the inside with a central red and green floral sprig, and round the upper edge with a wide pink border with red edges, overlaid by puce dotted trellis pattern. The border curves downwards at six points, at three of which it has a pair of purple dotted flowerheads and leaves, and at the other three a purple rose, and a pair of red dotted flowerheads and leaves. On the exterior there is a rose spray and five other blue or red floral sprays, with above, an undulating line of purple dots. The saucer is decorated to match. The coffee cup has a similar inside border, but no central floral spirg. On the exterior it has a rose spray and two smaller blue and red floral sprigs, and an undulating line of purple dots below the rim. On the back of the handle, in puce, are five dots, a fan-shaped flower, a vertical stroke, and a V on the terminal.


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 1795 - 1800


Tea and coffee sets were usually provided with one saucer to each teabowl or teacup and coffee cup. The two cups and one saucer are often described as a trio, but it is not known whether these were originally together.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, pink, puce, purple, and red)
Saucer Diameter 12.8 cm Height 3.5 cm
Coffee Cup Diameter 6.2 cm Height 6.5 cm Width 8.2 cm
Tea Bowl Diameter 8.3 cm Height 5.3 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Hybrid hard-paste porcelain, painted overglaze in blue, green, pink, puce, purple and red enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: I.C.1
  • Location: On all three pieces
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.91 & A-B-2010
Primary reference Number: 177470
Entry form number: 1027
Old object number: I.C.1
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Audit data

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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