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Saucer: C.9-1998

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and painted underglaze with a Chinese garden scene in bright blue.

Soft-paste porcelain painted underglaze in bright blue. The glaze is very pale greenish-blue. Circular with shallow curved sides, standing on a footring. There is a faint incised circle underglaze on the base. The front is painted with a Chinese figure wearing a hat, standing beside a fence and plants with a butterfly (?) overhead. To the left of the figure a goose-like bird is perching on a table beside a tree. In the foreground on the edge of the saucer there is a stylised plant between tufts of grass.


History note: Dr Bernard Watney; sold Phillips, Bond Street, London, 4 March, 1998, Good European Ceramics and Glass, lot 314

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-04-27) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, Mid#
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE


The Vauxhall factory was founded c. 1753 by John Sanders and Nicholas Crisp, the latter being the financial backer. Sanders died in 1758 and was succeeded by his son, William. Crisp was declared bankrupt in 1763 and this led to the closure of the factory. It made soft-paste porcelain, mainly teawares decorated underglaze in blue Chinese-style patterns.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Glaze composed of glaze ( greenish-blue)
Decoration composed of cobalt oxide
Whole, Minimum Height 1.6 cm
Whole, Maximum Height 1.8 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft paste porcelain painted underglaze in bright blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper with grey circle enclosing BMW joined for Bernard M. Watney

  • Text: BMW
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1998
Primary reference Number: 28600
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 6 March 2018 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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