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Tea bowl and saucer: C.6 & A-2011

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Richard Chaffers & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain painted underglaze in blue

Soft-paste porcelain (presumed steatitic), finely potted and painted in blue under slightly blue-tinted glaze, which appears more greenish-blue on the interior of the tea bowl and exterior of the saucer. The saucer has is no glaze on the interior edge of the footring and an irregular narrow area within it. The tea bowl is of tapering hexagonal form, standing on a circular footring. The saucer is hexagonal with sloping sides and almost flat central area, standing on a circular footring. The cup is decorated on the exterior with alternating stylized floral motifs on each facet, and below the rim with a narrow border of alternating panels of trellis diaper and a wavy branch with a leaf at each end. The saucer has a central flowerhead, surrounded by alternating stylized floral motifs on each side, and below the rim, a narrow border of alternating panels of trellis diaper and a wavy branch with three leaves at each end.

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2011-07-11) by Libson, Lowell


18th Century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1760


Richard Chaffers' factory operated between about 1755 and 1765. It produced soft-paste porcelain containing soapstone or steatite. The form and decoration of this cup and saucer were influenced by Chinese blue and white porcelain.

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Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead-glazer, tinted very pale blue, appearing pale greenish-blue on the interior of the cup and back of the saucer)
Decoration composed of cobalt
Saucer Height 2.5 cm Width 12.4 cm
Cup Height 6.1 cm Width 7.8 cm
Both Pieces

Materials used in production

presumed steatitic (containing soapstone) Soft-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6 & A-2011
Primary reference Number: 185503
Entry form: 1054
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Created: Tuesday 20 September 2011 Updated: Friday 6 December 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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