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Plate: C.15-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland




Bone china painted in polychrome enamels with two fish

Bone china, pressed, painted in blue, green, yellow, dark puce, purple, brown and black enamels and gilt. Circular with a crenellated edge, shallow fluted curved sides, and flat centre, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with two fish in naturalistic colours. The one on the left is in profile swimming to the right, and the one on the right is swimming towards the viewer surrounded by blue water, and yellowish-green, brown, dark puce and purple. weeds. The crenellated gold edge has pendant lozenge-shaped motifs in the flutes and vertical strokes of different lengths in the alternate spaces.


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); by descent to William Copeland (b. 1966); sold Bonham’s 23-24 July, 2013, The Contents of Trelissick House including the Copeland China China Collection, Feock, nr Truro, Cornwall, day 2, second part of lot 681

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.4 cm
Height: 1.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates



Late 19th Century
Circa 1891 CE - 1900 CE


This plate is unusual in being painted by William Mussil who usually worked for the Minton factory

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, dark puce, purple, brown and black) gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Pressing : Bone china, pressed, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, dark puce, purple, brown and black enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W Mussill
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in purple enamel
  • Type: Signature
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in green
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-2013
Primary reference Number: 197431
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 29 October 2013 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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