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Sauce tureen, cover and stand: C.9.2 & A & B-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Sauce tureen, cover and stand


Factory: Spode




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

Bone china, moulded with reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding. The hemispherical bowl has a butterfly handle on opposing sides, and is supported on a circular slightly concave foot rising up in the middle to an anulet at its junction with the bowl. The cover is slightly domed and rises up in the middle to a circular platform on which is a butterfly knob. On one side of the rim there is a D-shaped aperture to admit a spoon.The circular stand has shallow sloping sides, a raised band surrounding the central reserve, and a slightly concave underside.
The inside of the tureen is decorated with sprays of white-edged poppy and purple vetch surrounded by a gold circle. Outside this there is a pale blue border painted with four polychrome floral sprays and a wide horizontal gold band. The outside has pale blue border with four floral sprays in reserve, between which are four floral sprays painted in polychrome enamels with a gold band below, and a thicker band on the rim. The foot has a plain pale blue border with a narrow inner gold band and a thicker band on the edge. The handles are entirely gilt. The underside is inscribed ‘White eged (sic) Poppy & Vetch’. The cover (A) has a central polychrome sprays of anemone and bristly-leaved aster around the gold butterfly knob, and a pale blue border with three reserved raised floral sprays and three different polychrome floral sprays between them, edged by a gold band. The underside is inscribed in the middle in purple enamel ‘Anemone & Bristly leav’d aster/Spode 2004’. The stand (B). has spring crocus and pheasant’s eye in the centre, and a border ensuite with the other pieces, but with three different plants, one of which is a rose and buds. The base is inscribed in purple enamel ‘Spring Crocus & Pheasants eye./Spode, 2004.’


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); 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

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
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.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Borders composed of ground colour ( pale blue)
Decoration composed of enamel ( polychrome) gold
Tureen Diameter 14.6 cm Height 14.5 cm Width 18.8 cm
Stand Diameter 17.2 cm Height 2.5 cm

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Bone china, made in three main parts, decorated with moulded reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S 81Ic
  • Location: On base of stand
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

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

Inscription present: rectangular white stick-on label

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9.2 & A & B-2013
Primary reference Number: 197505
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 3 December 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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