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Plaque: C.3118-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Lowestoft Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain plaque, transfer-printed and painted underglaze in blue with a Chinese scene.

Soft-paste porcelain plaque, moulded and pierced with a suspension hole, and transfer-printed and painted underglaze in blue. The plaque is of flat rectangular shape. It is printed with a man crossing a bridge between two houses on islands, with sampans beneath. It is inscribed in script 'When this you see Remember/me and bear me in your mind/lett all the world sea what sea what thay/will spaeek of me as you find' (sic). The scroll-moulded border is picked out in blue, and the reverse is inscribed in script 'Rueth (?) Auckland 1779'.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.4 cm
Width: 16.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lowestoft ⪼ Suffolk ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1779


No other rectangular plaque of this type appears to be recorded. In view of the inscription it seems likely that this was made to commemorate a betrothal or marriage. The authenticity of the plaque has been questioned.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and pierced with a suspension hole, and transfer-printed and painted underglaze in blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rueth (?) Auckland 1779
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3118-1928
Primary reference Number: 38328
Old object number: 304, vol. 1
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 June 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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