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Bowl: C.16-2000

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Spode




Bone china, moulded, painted overglaze in shades of green, yellow, brown, and greyish-white enamels, and gilt. Oval with deep curved sides, sloping rim with a slightly wavy edge, and two handles in the form of swan's heads and necks rising from stylized feathers on the interior, and curving inwards so that their beaks rest on the feathers. The interior of the rim, and the top edge of the boot have 'embossed borders' moulded integrally with the body, comprising pairs of dolphins with entwined tails separated by a vase flanked by two wings or foliage, with scrolls above. The interior is decorated with a spray of white lilies; one side has a water lily, four leaves and roots, and the other side, a spray of lily of the valley. There is a heavy gold line round the foot, the rim, and the outlines of the swan's feathers. Their beaks are gilded overall and their eyes are picked out in gold.


History note: The donor's family; given by Mrs Hamilton in memory of her husband, Professor James Hamilton

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hamilton in memory of her husband, Professor James Hamilton

Measurements and weight

Length: 36.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-10-09) by Hamilton, Mrs James


Early 19th Century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1813 : The donor's wife, who dealt the Museum over the gift, said that Robert Copeland had given the opinion that the bowl dated from about 1813. The bowl came from a service of which two sauceboats and a shell-shaped dish survived, but were badly discoloured with brown speckles.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, brown and greyish-white) gold
Over Handles Height 17.7 cm Height 17.9 cm
Foot Length 16.5 cm Width 12.2 cm
Rim Width 24.3 cm

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Two-handled bowl, bone china, moulded, painted overglaze in shades of green, yellow, brown and greyish-white enamels and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1875
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In gold
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-2000
Primary reference Number: 28412
Entry form number: 139
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 June 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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