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Cup and saucer: C.250 & A-2015

Object information


Chamberlain & Co. (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain cup and saucer with knurled edges, decorated in polychrome enamels with 'Dragon in compartments' pattern, and gilded

Soft-past porcelain with ‘pie crust’ or knurled edges, painted in blue, yellowish-green, yellow, pink, red, and a little black enamels and heavily gilded. The cup is of flaring 'bucket can' shape with a ring handle. The circular saucer has steeply sloping sides, a curved well, and stands on a footring. The outside of the cup and interior of the saucer are decorated with 'Bengal Tiger' or ‘Dragon in Compartments’ pattern: comprising three lappet shapes enclosing respectively a kylin, a dragon, and a vase of flowers on a low table, surrounded by areas of red and green ground, and thickly applied gilding. The cup has a Chinese style border inside the rim, and a pink multi-petalled dark pink flower in its base, which also appears in the centre of the saucer. There are wide bands of gilding over the knurled edges of both pieces, a narrower band round the base of the cup, and lines down the sides and back of the handle.


History note: Grafton Antiques, Sydney, from whom purchased on 11 June 1993 by Christopher Hogwood, CBE (1941-2014), Cambridge; purchased from his executors by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

From the Collection of Christopher Hogwood, CBE. Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-04-27) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Mid 19th century
Victoria I
Circa 1840 CE - 1844 CE


This popular pattern, no. 75, derived from Chinese famille verte porcelain of the Kangxi period was produced at the original Worcester factory, and its production was continued at Richard Chamberlain's factory. The mark indicates that this cup and saucer was made at Chamberlain's after 1840 and before the closure of its Coventry Street showroom in 1844.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, yellowish-green, yellow, pink, red, and a little black) gold Cup Diameter 7.8 cm Height 8.2 cm Width 9.6 cm
Saucer Die Axis 15 cm Height 3 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a crown with the inscription below it

  • Location: On base of each piece
  • Method of creation: Printed overglaze in pale pinkish red
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 623
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white stick-on label

  • Text: 623/bis
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.250 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201343
Old object number: 623 and 623 bis
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 May 2015 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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