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Dessert plate: C.2-1997

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Leeds Pottery




George III

Pearlware dessert plate, painted in polychrome and gold with a Bladder Hibiscus.

Pearlware painted in green, yellow, pale purple, dark pink and grey enamel-colours, and gilt. Circular with a sloping rim and deep well, standing on a slight footring, beside which the bluishness of the lead glaze can be seen. On the front there are three small spur marks and on the back, three groups of three spur marks. The front is decorated in the well with a stem of bladder hibiscus with an open flower, a partly opened bud and two buds; and round the rim with a broad gilt band. The base is inscribed in red enamel 'Bladder Hibiscus'.


History note: Messrs A.F. Allbrook, London, from whom purchased in March, 1973 by Sir Ivor Batchelor; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-01-20) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1800 CE - 1815 CE


Botanical flower decoration was fashionable on dessert services in the early 19th century when there was widespread interest in botany and horticulture. The bladder hibiscus (hibiscus trionum) was copied from plate 209 in 'The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed', vol. V, 1792. The plant is a member of the mallow family, Malvaceae, and is also known as 'flower of an hour', because its flowers are very short-lived. It has bladder-like seed capsules, hence the name which appears on the back of the plate. The ceramic collection at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, includes nine Leeds dessert plates, decorated in a similar way with a single plant, whose name is written on the back.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in green, yellow, pale purple, dark pink and grey) gold

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pearlware painted in green, yellow, pale purple, dark pink and grey enamel-colours, and gilt.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: only the upper part of the letters and asterisk are visible

  • Method of creation: Impressed in slight curve
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: Bladder Hibiscus
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1997
Primary reference Number: 73222
Old object number: 9
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 April 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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