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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 gold with a wide band of holly leaves and berries between gold bands. Pattern 927.

Hard-paste porcelain painted in blue under presumed lead-glaze, overglaze in red enamel, and gilded. Cylindrical with a ring handle and slightly recessed base. The upper two-thirds of the exterior is decorated with a broad band of blue and gold holly leaves interspersed with red berries and occasional blue and gold berries on wavy blue stems. There is a broad gold band below, another round the rim, and another just above the lower edge. The back of the handle is decorated in gold with six stylized leaves. Pattern 927.


History note: Unknown before Kenneth Henry Bolton; his widow, Hazel Elizabeth Bolton

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 6.9 cm
Height: 6.3 cm
Width: 9.2 cm

Relative size of this object

9.2 cm6.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • New Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George III
Circa 1800 CE - 1810 CE


The blue, red and gold colour scheme was derived from Japanese Imari patterns

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( red) cobalt gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: NEW/HALL
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Patt/927
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular off-white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 17
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.42-2017
Primary reference Number: 222906
Entry Form numbeer: 1338
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 November 2017 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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