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Cup and saucer: C.40 & A-2017

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: New Hall Porcelain Factory




Hybrid hard-paste porcelain painted underglaze in blue, overglaze in red enamel and gilded. Oriental style blue trees bearing pinkish-red leaves, bunches of red berries, and gold tendrils. Pattern 446.

Hard-paste porcelain, painted under presumed lead-glaze in dark blue, overglaze in orange-red enamel and gold. The circular cup has deep curved sides, a ring handle and a recessed base. The saucer has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. The exterior of the cup is decorated with two blue trees bearing dotted red leaves, bunches of orange berries, and gold tendrils. Inside the rim there are four dotted leaves and four paired bunches of berries, and tendrils, and in the middle, four blue leaves, a bunch of red berries and gold tendrils. There is a gold horizontal band below the design, and round the rim, and a vertical line down the back of the handle. The saucer has a central medallion filled with blue leaves, gold tendrils, and one large red berry surrounded by a blue and gold circle, from which extend two radiating blue trees with leaves and bunches of berries matching those on the cup. A gold band encircles the rim.


History note: Vincent Thomas, Antiques, 29 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset; Kenneth Henry Bolton; his widow, Hazel E. Bolton

Legal notes

Given by Hazel E. Bolton in memory of her late husband Kenneth Henry Bolton

Place(s) associated

  • New Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2017-11-20) by Bolton, Hazel Elizabeth, Mrs


Late 18th-early 19th century
George III
Circa 1785 CE - 1810 CE


New Hall porcelain is described as hybrid hard-paste porcelain because although it has a hard-paste body, it had a lead-glaze fired at a lower temperature than the body

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( orange-red) cobalt gold
Saucer Diameter 13.8 cm Height 3 cm
Cup Diameter 8.2 cm Height 5.8 cm Width 10.5 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in blue under presumed lead-glaze, and painted overglaze in orange-red enamel and gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: V
  • Location: On base of cup near edge
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Workman's mark
  • Text: 88
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: Vincent Thomas/Antiques, Fine Porcelain,/Pictures and Furniture/29 High West Street/Dorchester, Dorset
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 88A
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label
  • Text: P.446/C1685-1810/B25
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.40 & A-2017
Primary reference Number: 222898
Entry Form number: 1338
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 November 2017 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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