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Comport: C.9.1-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Spode




Bone china, decorated with moulded reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, flower painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding

Bone china, decorated with moulded reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding.The comport stands on a low sloping oval foot. The bowl is oval with an oval depression in the middle, and deep curved sides which rise up at the narrow ends for the attachment of crabstock handles with foliated terminals. The sides are decorated with four raised floral sprays reserved in a pale blue ground painted in polychrome enamels between them with a tulip, a rose, a poppy and a daffodil.The central depression is painted with a white gelder rose and woody nightshade, within an oval gold band, and there is a gold band on the rim. The back of the sides are decorated in polchrome with four floral sprays: a rose, a poppy, a yellow peony? and a purple flower. The foot has a pale blue ground with two reserved white floral sprays, and at the ends a stem of convolvulus and a buttercup. The names of the plants in the central reserve are painted on underside of the bowl in pale puce: ‘Gelder Rose & Woody nightshade’


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002), Trelissick House, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall; 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, part of lot 491

Legal notes

Purchased with the Applied Arts Duplicates Fund and the L. D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 15 cm
Length: 37.6 cm
Width: 23.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1825 CE


The pattern number was introduced in 1813 or 1814 and remained popular for many years. Bonham’s cataloguer gave a date of c. 1825 for the service in the Copeland collection at Trelissick, when it was sold in 2013.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Spode, 2004
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in pale puce enamel
  • Type: Pattern number
  • Text: S81A
  • Location: On side of foot
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ? ink
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: Circular white paper stick on label. RSC is in monogram

  • Text: RSC over SPODE (printed)
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: S/81/A
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9.1-2013
Primary reference Number: 197445
Old object number: S81A
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 5 November 2013 Updated: Tuesday 28 March 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 29 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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