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Plate from a Dessert Service: C.9.30-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Plate from a Dessert Service


Factory: Spode




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

Parrot Bone china, press-moulded with reliefs reserved in a pale blue ground, painting in yellow, green, rose pink, red, purple, and greenish-brown enamels, and gilding. Circular with an alternately long and short arcs round the edge, slightly concave rim, and shallow curved well, standing on a footring. Slightly off centre there is a purple and yellow parrot tulip with a leaf, and a stem with two rose buds. The rim has three raised white floral sprays reserved in a pale blue ground alternating with three polychrome enamel sprays: a red tulip, a yellow ranunculus and a bud, and a stem with two purple flowers and a bud, perhaps astor. A narrow gold band runs round the inner edge and a broader gold band runs round the outer edge. The base is painted in red enamel ‘SPODE/2004’.


History note: Ronald Spencer Copeland (1918-2002); by descent to 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, part of lot 491

Legal notes

Purchased with the Applied Arts Duplicates Fund and the L.D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.7 cm
Height: 2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1825 CE


This design was introduced in 1813 or 1814 and remained popular for many years. The Trelissick service was dated to c. 1825 when sold by Bonham's in 2013

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( pale blue) enamel ( yellow, green, rose pink, red, purple, and greenish-brown) gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Pressing : Bone china, press-moulded and decorated with pale blue ground colour, painting in in yellow, green, rose pink, red, purple, and greenish-brown enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: SPODE/2004
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

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

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: RSC in monogram over SPODE printed in black and S81 below written in red ink
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9.30-2013
Primary reference Number: 197547
Old object number: S 81 Ra
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 17 December 2013 Updated: Wednesday 9 June 2021 Last processed: Monday 27 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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