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Coffee can and saucer: C.26 & A-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland




Bone china, decorated in red enamel with zig-zag borders, stylized plants, gold spots and trefoil leaves

Bone china painted in red enamel and gilt. The cylindrical cup has a small ear-shaped handle. The circular saucer has deep curved sides and a recessed base. The upper part of the cup has a wide border comprising a gold zig-zag line with red enamel in the spaces below overlaid by a gold motifs resembling a dolphin or a plant, and above white spaces with gold plants with two leaves and a flower. Below there is a horizontal gold band and a narrower gold band.The lower part of the sides is semé with alternate trefoil leaves and spots. There is a gold band round the rim and the lower edge, and the back of the handle has a long gold stroke and tiny dots of graduated size. The interior of the saucer is decorated en suite.


History note: R.S. Copeland (1918-2000); William Copeland (b. 1966); sold Bonham’s 23-24 July, 2013, The Contents of Trelissick House including the Copeland China China Collection, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, day 2, p. 277, 6th 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#
Victoria I
Circa 1885 CE - 1890 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( red) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.4 cm Height 3 cm
Cup Diameter 6.7 cm Height 6.5 cm Width 8.8 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Cs with COPELAND below
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in green
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.26 & A-2013
Primary reference Number: 197474
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 November 2013 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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