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Coffee can and saucer: C.23 & A-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Copeland (Factory)

Description

Bone china decorated with dark blue ground colour, painting in polychrome enamels of exotic birds, insects, and flowers in the style of the Mecklenburg Strelitz service, and git

Bone china, decorated with small areas of dark blue ground colour, painting in blue, green, yellow, pink, puce, red, purple and a little black enamel, and gilded. The cylindrical cup has a double-curved handle with a projecting thumb rest at the top. The circular saucer has deep sloping sides which curve outwards towards the rim, and a recessed base. The interior is moulded in relief with a scalloped edging and scrolls around the reserves. The cup is decorated at the top with two half shield-shaped blue reserves one decorated with one gold butterfly and the other with two. The gold scrolled borders of the reserves are linked to each other by a gold scalloped border below which there are swags of polychrome flowers. Below these on each side there is an exotic bird standing on grassy mound flanked by plants. There is a butterfly between the vignettes, and a puce beetle and blue flying insect on either side of the handle. Inside at the top there are four groups of mixed flowers and foliage. The rim and base are banded in gold and the exterior of the handle is gilded overall. The saucer is decorated en suite but with three blue panels, each containing one gold butterfly, and with one central exotic bird surrounded by five flying insects. A gold band encircles the rim and the base.

Notes

History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); William Copeland (b. 1966), Trelissick House, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall

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

Dating

Second quarter of 20th century
George V
Production date: dated AD 1932

Note

This coffee cup and saucer is decorated in the style of the Chelsea soft-paste porcelain service of c. 1763-4 presented by George III and Queen Charlotte to her brother, Adolphus Frederick IV of Mecklenbug-Strelitz, and since 1947 in the Royal Collection.

School or Style

Rococo Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, shades of pink, red, pale purple and black) ground colour ( blue) gold Saucer Diameter 12.5 cm Height 2.9 cm
Cup Diameter 5.8 cm Height 6.4 cm Width 7.9 cm
Handle

Materials used in production

clear Glaze Bone china

Techniques used in production

Glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: SPODE/COPELAND'S CHINA/ENGLAND
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: PAINTED BY/J. ARROWSMITH.1932.
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Painter's signature
  • Text: S/31
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Date mark
  • Text: C200.
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Pattern number

Inscription present: o of Co is raised; TD after L is smaller and raised; LONDON is smaller and underlined

  • Text: T. GOODE & Co LTD/LONDON below a crown
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in green
  • Type: Retailer's mark
  • Text: RSC/76
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ink or paint
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper stick on label

  • Text: RSC/76/B
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label
  • Text: R.S.C/76
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink and blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick on label with serrated edge

  • Text: RSC/76B
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23 & A-2013
Primary reference Number: 197473
Old object number: RSC 76 A and B
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 November 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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