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Offerings to Dionysus: C.2-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Offerings to Dionysus


Factory: Spode




White earthenware transfer-printed underglaze in blue with Offerings to Dionysus in the Greek Pattern, and clobbered in red enamel

White earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in blue and clobbered in red enamel. Oval, pierced by a large central hole and groups of smaller holes. Greek pattern, Offerings to Dionysus. The oval central medallion, shaped reserves, vases and outer edge are outlined in red. The patterned background was extended at each end of the drainer.


History note: Purchased by donors in March, 1971.

Legal notes

Given from the Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection.

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.7 cm
Length: 32.6 cm
Width: 22.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991) by Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection


Early 19th Century
Circa 1807 - 1833


Greek Pattern, introduced in 1806, catered for the demand for classical subjects created by the Greek revival. Each shape in the service was decorated with the same four vases between reserves containing different scenes derived from engravings of Greek vases in the collection of Sir William Hamilton (d. 1803). See Documentation.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( cobalt-blue) enamel ( red)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in blue and clobbered in red enamel.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1991
Primary reference Number: 73220
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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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