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Sweetmeat stand: C.3136-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain shell sweetmeat stand, painted with exotic birds in leafy landscapes in polychrome enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain sweetmeat stand, moulded, painted in red, yellow, green, purple and puce enamels and gilt. The three shell-shaped dishes are supported on a tri-lobed hollow base, encrusted with naturallistically moulded shells and coral, with a central conch shell, which forms the handle. Each of the shell-dishes is painted with an exotic bird in a leafy landscape, with the shells, coral and seaweed painted in naturalistic colours.


History note: Puttick & Simpson, 8 October 1920, lot 108, £4 14s 6d

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.4 cm
Width: 16.0 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1770


Shell sweetmeat dishes of many different designs were made by English porcelain factories. This was formerly attributed to Plymouth, which made hard-paste porcelain

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, purple and puce) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in red, yellow, green, purple and puce enamels and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular label with incurved top corners and double blue blue line round the sides and top where on each side is a motif similar to a fleur-de-lys

  • Text: No 3805/Plymouth triple/shell sweetmeat/stand: on rock/base covered with/shells. b. at Put/tick's Oct 8 1920
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3136-1928
Primary reference Number: 33101
Old object number: 3805
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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