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Mug: C.27-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland




Bone china, decorated with a pale grey ground, a winter landscape painted in greyish-blue, dark green, yellow, brown, mauve, grey, and black enamels, and gilding

Bone china, decorated with a pale grey ground, painting in greyish-blue, dark green, yellow, brown, mauve, grey, and black enamels, and gilding. The mug is cylindrical with slightly sloping sides and projecting base. The handle is approximately ear-shaped but is flat on top. The exterior of the mug has a pale grey ground with an almost circular reserve painted with a winter landscape with a parish church in the distance. The reserve is enclosed by a narrow gold frame which has a gilded bird on a branch on the left and a flowering branch on the right in Japanese style. There are bands of gilding on the top and bottom edges, and down the sides of the handle, which also has a brush stoke on the top and on the back.


History note: R.S. Copeland (1918-2000); William Copeland (b. 1966) R.S. Copeland (1918-2000); William Copeland; Bonham’s 23-24 July, 2013, The Contents of Trelissick House including the Copeland China China Collection, Feock, Trelissick, Cornwall, day 2, p. 277, 7th part of lot 713.

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.7 cm
Height: 7.8 cm
Width: 11.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1885 CE - 1900 CE


The landscape is flanked by decoration in the style of Japanese laquerwork

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( greyish-blue, dark green, yellow, brown, mauve, grey, and black) ground colour ( pale grey) gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Oriental seal mark with SPODE above and COPELAND below
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed underglaze in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: R.S.C. 260
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Embossed on plastic strip
  • Type: Label
  • Text: RSC/260
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in dark turquoise ink or biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27-2013
Primary reference Number: 197475
Old object number: RSC 260
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 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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