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Plate: C.17-1980

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White earthenware plate, lead-glazed and painted in enamels and gold with a cornflower surrounded by geometrical shapes filled with roses and other motifs.

White earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, red, rose pink and black enamel-colours and gilt. Circular, the rim divided into eight shallow arcs. In the middle is a pink rose on a stem with a spray of yellow-centred blue flowers, encircled by two gilt bands. Radiating from the bands towards the rim are eight small and eight large lozenge-shapes, each painted with a pink rose and leaves. Between them, eight irregular hexagons with a yellow ground and a reserved oval medallion in the centre painted with a stylised cornflower and leaves. Below and above the hexagon, a small and a larger rectangle filled with diagonally placed, red outlined ellipses with green centres. The triangular spaces which remain are filled with gilt fern fronds. All the geometrical shapes are outlined in gilt and there is a wide gilt band round the edge of the rim. The underside is decorated in Chinese style with a pair of concentric blue bands surrounding the mark, another round the outer edge of the footrim and a further pair by the edge of the rim. On the rim and side of the well, two red floral sprays with gilt berries and two smaller sprays with leaves and gilt berries.


History note: Purchased from the Hilton Gallery, St Mary's Passage, Cambridge

Legal notes

Purchased with the Applied Arts Duplicates Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1980) by Hilton Gallery


Late 18th century
Early 19th Century
Circa 1790 - 1802

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, red, rose pink and black) gold

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, red, rose pink and black enamel-colours and gilt.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: SPODE 27
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 284
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In gold
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1980
Primary reference Number: 72515
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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