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'Scarab' pattern bread and butter plate: C.12-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


'Scarab' pattern bread and butter plate


Production: Shelley Pottery Ltd




Bone china plate, moulded and decorated with ‘Scarab’ pattern

White bone-china plate, square in plan with flared straight sides rising from a square centre and two solid handles on opposite sides. Decorated with an Art Deco design around the rim, comprising stylised scarabs in blue, yellow and red in the middle of each side, interspersed with a band of black containing a graphic arrow-head motif; and with a stylised foliate design in black on the ‘handles’.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Richard Jordan in memory of Peter Douglas

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.7 cm
Width: 23.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fenton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-04-29) by Jordan, Richard


George V
1924 CE - 1926 CE


Part of a set comprising a cup, saucer and side plate trio and a bread and butter plate made by Shelley Pottery, Staffordshire. Joseph Shelley joined Wileman & Co. at the Foley Works, Fenton, in 1872. Under his son Percy, the trade name ‘Shelley’ was used from c.1910. Incorporated as Shelley Potteries Ltd in 1929, the business continued to produce bone china useful and decorative wares until 1966, when it was taken over by Allied English Potteries.

The set was produced between 1924 and 1926. The backstamp was in use from 1913-26 and the shape, ‘Vincent’ from 1916 until the early 1940s. The pattern, ‘Scarab’, is quite rare; it celebrates Howard Carter’s recent discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (1922) and was introduced in 1924.

School or Style

Art Deco
Egyptian Revival

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, yellow, red, and black)

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: enclosed by an oblong shield-shaped line with ENGLAND below it in smaller letters

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 11325/7
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Pattern number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.12-2019
Primary reference Number: 227193
Entry Form number: 1384
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 June 2019 Updated: Tuesday 29 November 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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