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Plate: C.17-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland
Painter: Arrowsmith, John




Bone china, pressed, painted in shades of green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and orange-red with roses and foliage reserved in a gold ground

Bone china, pressed, glazed, and painted in shades of green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and orange-red, reserved in a gold ground. The circular plate has a shaped edge bordered by five raised motifs comprising two flowerheads flanked by smaller flowers and foliated scrolls linked to each other by beading. The sloping rim is slightly concave and the well has deep curved sides, and stands on a footring. The well is painted with an arrangement of yellow, orange, pink and dark pink roses, buds, and foliage, reserved in a gold ground. The shoulder is encircled by a band of tiny gold beads flanked by reserved bands with gold beading. At regular intervals round the rim there are two motifs comprising a large rose with a bud and foliage and three comprising pairs of roses with a bud and foliage, reserved in a gold ground scattered wth groups of three raised dots (possibly etched). The raised flowers, scrolls and beading on the border are coloured green and gold. The footring is encircled by a gold band.


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, first part of lot 282

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24 cm
Height: 2.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2013-10-14) by Bonhams


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Victoria I
Edward VII
Circa 1895 CE - 1905 CE


The decorator, John Arrowsmith worked at Copelands between the 1880s and 1930s. In the early part of his career he painted flowers and figures, and later made a speciality of bird-painting.

This ornately decorated plate was made for the American market, and bears the retailer's mark of Burley and Co. of Chicago.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and orange-red) gilding

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Pressing : Bone china, pressed, glazed, and painted in shades of green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and orange-red, reserved in a gold ground.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Signature
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: R 1178/111
  • Location: On back
  • Type: Pattern number

Inscription present: a crown above the lettering

  • Location: On back of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in gold
  • Type: Retailer's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-2013
Primary reference Number: 197433
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 29 October 2013 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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