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Plate from a Dessert Service: C.9.19-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Plate from a Dessert Service


Factory: Spode




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

Bone china, press-moulded with reserved in a pale blue ground, painting in green, yellow, orange-red, purple, pale brown, and white 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. In the centre there is a stem of ranunculus and a purple flower. The rim has three raised white floral sprays reserved in a pale blue ground alternating with three polychrome enamel sprays: a poppy, a yellow flower and white hare bells? 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 nar the footring ‘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, Trelissick, 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: 21.8 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


19th Century, Early#
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 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 green, yellow, orange-red, purple, pale brown, and white enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: SPODE/2004
  • Location: On base near footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: S81/Rb
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white stick on label

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

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9.19-2013
Primary reference Number: 197554
Old object number: S 81Rb
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 17 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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