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Inkstand: C.142A-D-1932

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chamberlain's Worcester Porcelain Factory




Porcelain inkstand, glazed, with claret ground, painted in enamel colours, and gilt.

Porcelain inkstand, with claret ground, painted in enamel colours, and gilt. The rounded rectangular inkstand stands on three bracket feet at the front, from which rises a leaf-shaped gallery which forms the pen-tray. The central portion, which is enclosed by curved galleries, and has two upright scallop shells at the back corners, has three circular holes which contain removable receptacles for ink, pen, and pounce, each with a cover surmounted by a rose or viola finial. The back integral taperstick flanked on each side by a quill-holder of square section. On the front is a rectangular gilt-edged panel enclosing a named view of Worcester, painted in colours in reserve on a claret ground. The whole is enriched with gilding.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.9 cm
Length: 21.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Early 19th Century
George III
Circa 1800 - 1815

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome) gold

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Porcelain, with claret ground, painted in enamel colours, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.142A-D-1932
Primary reference Number: 37700
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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