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Custard cup: C.31 & A-1918

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay). Case permanently removed 2021.


Factory: Chelsea-Derby Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain custard cup and cover, painted overglaze in green and black enamels with swags of foliage and flowers, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain custard cup and cover, thrown, and moulded, decorated on the cover with applied moulded rose stalk, painting overglaze in green and black enamels, and gilt. The cup stands on a footing, and has deep bulbous sides and a slightly everted rim. The circular cover is slightly domed and has a knob in the form of a rose on a stalk with three leaves. The cup is painted with four swags of foliage and flowers and has gilt lines round the footring and the outer edges of the handle, and a dentilated band round the rim, all mostly worn away. At the bottom of the interior there is a small floral sprig. The cover has a circular spray of green and black foliage and flowers surrounding the rose and stalk knob, and a dentilated gold band round the rim.


History note: Uncertain before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-08-28) by Griffin, Ralph, MA


George III
18th Century, second half#
Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Circa 1770 - 1784

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green and black) gold
Cover Diameter 6.3 cm
Cup Height 6 cm
Cup With Handle Width 7.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, thrown, and moulded, decorated on the cover with applied moulded rose stalk, painting overglaze in green and black enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: an anchor
  • Method of creation: Gilt
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.31 & A-1918
Primary reference Number: 74376
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 March 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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