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'Maori' design cup, saucer & plate: C.16 & A & B-1993

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Titles

'Maori' design cup, saucer & plate

Maker(s)

Factory: Royal Doulton

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Description

Bone china cup, saucer and plate, transfer-printed in black, painted and brownish-red, and gilt

Shallow cylindrical cup with ear-shaped handle, decorated on the exterior with a wide band of Maori ornament. The rim and edges of the handle have narrow gilt lines and there is a longitudinal stroke down the back of the handle. The circular saucer and plate each have shallow sloping sides and a flat centre, resting on a slight footring. Each has a band of Maori ornament on the rim and a gilt band on the outer edge.

Notes

History note: Given to the donor on leaving New Zealand in 1932.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs C. Carrington

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1993-06-07) by Carrington, C., Mrs

Dating

First quarter of 20th century
George V
Circa 1922 CE - 1930 CE

Note

Doulton, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, stoneware jugs and ornamental bottles. Decorative stoneware and architectural terracotta were introduced at Lambeth in the mid 1860s and the Burslem factory was opened in the 1880s, specialising in earthenware and bone china, including dinner services and other household items. In 1901, Edward VII granted the Royal warrant to the factory. Royal Doulton ware was widely available in both Australia and New Zealand, and was exhibited at the New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch, 1906-07.

The trio is an example of early twentieth-century Royal Doulton Series Ware, produced to depict different characters or scenes and decorated with a printed outline filled with hand-painted colours. The 'Maori' design was introduced when New Zealand attained Dominion status in 1907; originally on a bone china body, it was available from 1928 in an earthenware version, with the option of a yellow or orange ground. Plates sometimes also feature New Zealand imagery, such as a sheep farmer and flock or a Maori woman and child, and the same border design is found on plates and jugs with a picture of a British soldier, 1915-c.1920. The series was withdrawn in 1939.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black) enamel ( brownish-red) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.4 cm Height 1.7 cm
Plate Diameter 15.5 cm Height 1.4 cm
Cup Height 5.4 cm Width 10.0 cm

Materials used in production

Glazing (coating)
Bone china

Techniques used in production

Lead-glaze : Bone china, transfer-printed in black, painted and brownish-red, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular mark

  • Text: ROYAL DOULTON/MAORI ART/Ro No 537842/ENGLAND
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: rosette mark with crown and lion above

  • Text: ROYAL /DOULTON /ENGLAND
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: E4988
  • Location: On cup and saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: E4988/.E
  • Location: On plate
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 3-2-30
  • Location: On plate
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 22
  • Location: On saucer
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16 & A & B-1993
Primary reference Number: 38647
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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