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Cup: C.23 & A-1931

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea-Derby Porcelain Factory


  • Cup
  • custard cup and cover



Soft-paste porcelain custard cup and cover, painted with fruits and flowers in polychrome enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain painted in blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, pink, purple, red, and black enamels, and gilt. The cup stands on a footring and has deep bulbous sides, a slightly everted rim, and a loop handle. The circular cover is slightly domed, and has a knob in the shape of a rose on a stalk with three leaves. The exterior of the cup is painted with a peach, a damson, and a spray of hawthorn; two strawberries, and leaves; and two cherries witha pale brown fruit and leaves. It has a gold band round the footring, one down each side of the handle, and a dentilated band round the rim. The cover, is painted with two detached leaves, two strawberries and a blue flower, and a small three leaf sprig. The flower knob is painted yellow and red, and leaves yellow, and green or turquoise-green, with dark purple veining.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 3 1/3 in
Width: 3 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1931-05-05) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


George III
Chelsea-Derby Period
18th Century, second half#
Circa 1770 - 1780

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, turquoise-green, yellow, pink, purple, red, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, painted with fruits and flowers in polychrome enamels and gilt

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23 & A-1931
Primary reference Number: 73320
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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