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Fable Candlestick: The Cock and the Jewel: C.83-1932

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Fable Candlestick: The Cock and the Jewel


Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain Fable Candlestick, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, orange-red, purple, and black enamels and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain Fable Candlestick, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, orange-red, purple, and black enamels and gilt. The underside is glazed, and has a small circular ventilation hole in the centre. The high base is supported on two scroll feet at the sides, and one at centre back, above which there is a loop handle with a flower on top, attached to a tall tree trunk with a candle nozzle at the top. On either side of the trunk there are many small white May flowers, and, here and there, larger blue and white, puce, white and yellow, or orange and yellow flowers of different varieties. The cock, with red, yellow, and purple plumage, stands in the centre with on the ground at his feet, a gold necklace and a pendant or brooch. On his left there is a white hen with areas of red feathers with one chick on its back and sheltering below it. On the right there is a pale brown hen with a larger white chick. On the base around them are applied flowers and leaves. The front of the base is inscribed in gold 'THE COCK & THE JE (rest illegible), and the scrolls are picked out in gold. At the top of the tree trunk there is a candle socket with a drip pan formed by six pointed green leaves, and a nozzle in the shape of a flower with a calyx of leaves, and a blue edge with an inner row of black spots.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.0 cm
Width: 17.8 cm

Relative size of this object

17.8 cm26 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Second half of 18th century
George III
Circa 1769 CE - 1770 CE


The source of the design was the engraving illustrating Fable 1, Du Coq et de la pierre brillanté (the Cock and the Jewel) on p. 3 of Francis Barlow's Aesop's Fables, London, 1665.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, puce, orange-red, purple, and black) gold Details

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, orange-red, purple, and black enamels and gilt

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: THE COCK & THE JE [the rest illegible]
  • Location: Front of the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.83-1932
Primary reference Number: 42608
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 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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