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Dish: C.30-1998

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Hard paste porcelain, painted overglaze with red, pale red, aubergine and black enamels and gold. Circular with shallow rounded sides lightly fluted into sixteen lobes with correspondingly scalloped rim, standing on a low tapering footring. A scalloped medallion impressed in the centre is outlined in gold and contains a peony spray. The cavetto is delicately painted with seven butterflies in flight among plants. The black decoration on the butterflies is protected with extra glaze. The leaves outlined in gold, some with the veins finely delineated and some filled in. The rim is banded in gold. The outside is decorated with three flower sprays of peony, chrysanthemum and plum heavily outlined in gold. Six firing spurs on the glazed convex base.


History note: Tony Greaves, from whom purchased by the donor in 1991

Legal notes

Given by Miss Irene Finch

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.7 cm
Height: 4.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1998-10-12) by Finch, Irene, Miss


18th Century
Circa 1700 - 1800


High quality delicate painting. Dirty greenish porcelain. The base is not flat.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, pale red, aubergine, and black) gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.30-1998
Primary reference Number: 28712
Irene Finch collection: 91/13
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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