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Dish from a Sandwich Set: C.53 & A-1930

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Dish from a Sandwich Set


Spode (Factory)


White earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in blue with Greek Pattern


History note: Unknown before donor, W.M. Tapp, LL.D

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp, LL.D

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.4 cm
Length: 36.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-12-13) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


Early 19th Century
Circa 1806 CE - 1847 CE


Underglaze blue transfer-printed decoration had been introduced on English porcelain at the end of the 1750s but was not widely adopted by earthenware manufacturers until the 1780s. Josiah Spode (1733-97) is said to have introduced it at his Stoke factory in 1784 but the technique was not perfected until the early 1800s. During the proprietorship of Josiah Spode II (1755-1827) the number and variety of patterns available increased rapidly. ‘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 reserved containing different scenes derived from engravings of Greek vases in the collection of Sir William Hamilton (d. 1803): 'Outlines from the Figures and Composi¬ions upon the Greek, Roman and Etruscan Vases of the late Sir William Hamilton with engraved borders. Drawn and engraved by the late Mr Kirk', London, 1804. The pattern continued to be used during the Copeland and Garratt period, 1833-47.

School or Style

Greek Revival

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the five is inside the C and the 8 is below them

  • Text: C5
  • Location: On base of dish
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 8
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 75431
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 July 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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