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Cup and saucer: C.25 & A-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland
Painter: Brough, Charles Brayford




Bond china decorated wth turquoise ground colour, roses and buds painted in green and puce enamels, and raised glding

Bone china decorated with turquoise ground colour (imitating bleu céléste), painting in green and dark puce enamels, and raised gilding. The cup has deep sloping sides which curve inwards to the footring, and a loop handle. The circular saucer has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. The cup is decorated on the outside with a turquoise ground caillouté in thick gold, and with ten circular reserves framed by gold foliage, nine of which contain a dark pink rose and leaves, and one leaves only. There is a gold band round the rim and the footring. The handle has a zig-zag at the top, three stylized petalled flower heads, and four dots of graduated size down its back, and lines down its sides, all in gold. The inside of the saucer is decorated en suite with five reserves surrounded by ten. One of the five and one of the ten enclose a rose-bud on a stalk and the rest different pink roses.


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); William Copeland (b. 1966); sold Bonham's, The Contents of Trelissick House including the Copeland China China Collection, Feock, Trelissick, Cornwall, day 2, fifth part of lot 713.

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

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 1891 CE - 1903 CE


The turquoise ground on this cup and saucer is imitating the bleu céleste ground used on Sèvres 18th century soft-paste porcelains. This was greatly admired in the 19th century and was reproduced on hard-paste porcelain and bone china.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green and dark puce) ground colour ( turquoise)
Saucer Diameter 13.5 cm Height 3.1 cm
Cup Diameter 7 cm Height 6 cm Width 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Bone china decorated with turquoise ground colour, painting in green and dark puce enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Oriental seal with SPODE above and COPELAND below
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: C.B.B.
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: RSC.97b
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: RSC/97a
  • Location: On cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25 & A-2013
Primary reference Number: 197449
Old object number: RSC97
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 November 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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