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Mug: C.56-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: uncertain




Glazed bone china or hybrid porcelain mug, painted underglaze in blue and decorated with a biscuit medallion

Bone china or hybrid poprcelain mug, with an applied, moulded, biscuit relief medallion, underglaze blue ground, and gilding. Cylindrical with rounded projecting footring, slightly projecting rim, and scrolled loop handle. Decorated on the front with an oval portrait medallion of George IV. the shoulders facing front, the head, wearing a laurel wreath, in profile to left, with the legend 'GEORGIVS IV DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM REX', reserved in blue ground. There are gilt bands round the medallion, the base, the rim, and the inside of the rim. The handle is decorated in gold with a leav, and scrolls. On the base is an applied, or possibly integrally moulded, oval panel, with in relief a wreath enclosing 'JULY XIX/MDCCCXXIX'.

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W Rylamds, Litt. D., CBE, CH, in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm
Width: 12.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-07-14) by Rylands, G.H.W.


Mid 19th century
Circa 1829 CE - 1850 CE


The day and the month are those of George IV's Coronation, byut that took place in 1821 not 1829. This mug therefore appears to have been made for some kind of commemorative event in 1829.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue) gold
Medallion composed of biscuit porcelain

Materials used in production

or hybrid porcelain Bone china

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Medallion
  • Method of creation: Moulding
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Moulding
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.56-1997
Primary reference Number: 75533
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 30 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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