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Warming plate: C.4-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Spode




White earthenware transfer-printed in blue under lead-glaze with ‘Tiber’ pattern: a view of the Tiber with the Castel Sant’Angelo, St Peter’s, and Trajan’s Column (misplaced) in the background.

White earthenware transfer-printed in blue under lead-glaze. Deep circular bowl with slightly everted rim, standing on a footring. On opposing sides there is a projecting spout, that on the left covered by a moulded leaf. The top of the two spouts touch the horizontal U-shaped handles, the open one on the right is pierced by a circular hole. The top is formed by a plate with a slightly concave sloping rim, and shallow well. The top is printed overall with ‘Tiber’ pattern, comprising a view of boats on the Tiber with the Ponte Sant’Angelo, the Castello Sant’Angelo, Trajan’s Column, and St Peter’s in the background. On either side there are trees and bushes. Round the edge there is a narrow border of ovals and interlacing wavy lines. On the exterior of the lower part there are four repeats of the view. The handles are decorated en suite with the edge of the top.


History note: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, where bought on 10 April 1994 from Nicole Fabre,/Romsey, Hampshire by the donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Margaret Cook

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-04-29) by Cook, Margaret H., Mrs


19th Century, Early#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1811


Drakard and Holdway described this as one of Spode’s finest designs. It was a combination of two engravings by J. Merigot published in his Views of Rome and its Vicinity, London, 1796-98. It is not strictly topographical: Trajan’s Column and the trees were inserted.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( cobalt oxide)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Spode/49
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 18
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in blue
  • Type: Number
  • Text: 99 (red) 10.4.94/N.E.C. B’ham/From Nicole Fabre,/Romsey, Hampshire/£140/c. 1811 9¾”.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red and blue
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-2019
Primary reference Number: 227179
Entry form number: 1382
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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