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Trio: C.246 & A & B-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Coalport Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Decorator: Baxter, Thomas (Possibly)


  • Trio
  • tea cup and saucer
  • coffee cup



Trio of hybrid hard-paste porcelain decorated with a yellow ground, painting in polychrome enamels, and gilding. All three pieces bear the arms of Bruce impaling Spicer.

Hybrid hard-paste porcelain decorated with pale yellow ground colour, painting in blue, green, yellow, puce, and black enamels, and gilding. The Bute shape cup has a plain loop handle. The saucer has deep curved sides, and stands on a footring. The cylindrical coffee can has an ear-shaped handle. The exterior of each cup is decorated mid way up the sides with a horizontal band of gold Greek key pattern, broken opposite the handle, by a circular laurel wreath enclosing the coat-of-arms of Bruce impaling Spicer. Above, painted in polychrome, is a half winged male figure holding gold trumpets (?) in both hands, flanked by rinceaux enclosing a swan in the scroll nearest to the figure. Below there are brown rinceaux on a pale yellow ground. Gold bands encircle the foot and rim, and the outside of the cup handle is thickly gilt. The whole of the coffee can handle is gilded. The saucer is decorated with a reserved central medallion enclosing a laurel wreath enclosing the arms of Bruce impaling Spicer, surrounded by a wide band of brown rinceau on a pale yellow ground. The sides are decorated to match the upper part of the cup.


History note: A.J. Greenacre Ltd, Wimbledon, from whom purchased on 12 September 1994 by Christopher Hogwood, CBE (1941-2014); purchased from his executors by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Coalport ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George IV
Circa 1800 CE - 1810 CE


This trio was part of a large service made for James Bruce of Kinnaird, Stirlingshire, who married Eliza, daughter of William Spicer of Weir in Devon in 1798 and died in 1810. The couple had a daughter and heiress, Mary Elizabeth Bruce who succeeded to the estate on her father's death and was married on 20 June 1822 to Charles Lennox Cumming who took the name Cumming-Bruce.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, puce, grey, and black) ground colour ( pale bright yellow) gold
Saucer Diameter 14 cm Height 3.2 cm
Coffee Can Diameter 6.8 cm Height 6.3 cm Width 9 cm
Tea Cup Diameter 8.8 cm Height 6 cm Width 10.8 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hybrid hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 1054/trio
  • Location: On base of can and tea cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 1054/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.246 & A & B-2015
Primary reference Number: 201345
Old object number: 1054
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 May 2015 Updated: Thursday 16 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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