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Tazza: C.11-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland & Garrett
Decorator: Lucas, Daniel




Felspar porcelain painted in polychrome enamels with a view of the Port of Messina, bordered by raised gilding over a pale peach ground

Felspar porcelain (a type of bone china), moulded, glazed, and decorated with painting in polychrome enamels, and raised gilding over a pale peach ground. The tazza is circular with shaped edge, wide sloping rim, with four panels flanked by scrolls in relief at the cardinal points, and a shallow well with flat centre, standing on a low foot moulded with scrolls and shells and having a deep indentation on the right and left sides. The flat area is painted in polychrome with a view of the Port of Messina. The rim has a pale peach ground overlaid by raised tooled gilding in a hexagonal scale pattern with a raised dot in the centre of each scale, interrupted by four scale panels flanked by heaavily gilt scrolls. The underside of the rim is decorated with a circular wreath of gilt scrolls and anthemion motifs, and there is a gold band round the outer edge. The foot has a pale peach ground and the raised scrolls and edges are gilded. The underside within the foot is inscribed in gold ‘The Port of Messina’.


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); William Copeland (b. 1966)

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25 cm
Height: 5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (013-10-14) by Bonhams


19th Century, Mid#
Victoria I
Circa 1845 CE - 1851 CE


Felspar Porcelain was a new body introduced by Spode in 1821. It was a form of bone china, but instead of being made of Cornish stone, china clay and calcined bones, the Cornish stone was replaced by feldspar from Middletown Hill, on the border of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire. The feldspar was discarded waste from a lead mine and was therefore cheaper than Cornish stone, and cost less to transport to Stoke. Its production was discontinued in 1889.

This dish was displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( pale peach) enamel gold
Foot Diameter 5.5 cm

Materials used in production

Felspar porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The Port of Messina
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: the wording forms the top part of a circle with leaves and berries below.

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-2013
Primary reference Number: 197414
Old object number: S 151
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 22 October 2013 Updated: Wednesday 4 November 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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