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Tea cup: C.87-1918

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Current Location: In storage


Worcester Porcelain Factory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain tea cup, decorated with birds and insects underglaze in scale-blue, onglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain tea cup, decorated underglaze in scale-blue, onglaze in green, yellow, pink, red, purple and grey enamels, and gilt. Circular with rounded sides and loop handle with kick terminal. On the outside, the scale-blue ground is reserved with two shaped cartouches of dishevelled birds in coloured enamels, separated by smaller vase-shaped and triangular panels of insects, all edged with gilt rococo scrollwork. Below there is a gilt band; and on the back of the handle, a gilt scroll.

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.0 cm
Height: 5.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Griffin, Ralph, MA, FSA


18th century
George III
Circa 1770 - 1775

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, pink, red, purple and grey) cobalt-blue gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.87-1918
Primary reference Number: 32899
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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