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Tea bowl: C.72 & A-1933

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
Decorator: Giles, James (Probably)




Soft-paste porcelain teabowl and saucer, moulded and decorated overglaze with flowers and fruits in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain teabowl and saucer, moulded and painted onglaze in polychrome enamels and gilt. The lower part of the cup and saucer well are moulded with overlapping stiff leaves, resembling an artichoke or pine cone. They are painted with whole and cut fruit and flowers, the rims with gilt dentil borders.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Rev. A.V. Valentine-Richards.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-04-05) by Valentine-Richards, A. V., The Rev


18th Century, second half#
George III
Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Circa 1762 - 1765


The fruit painting is reminescent of fruit decoration carried out in James Giles' London atelier on Worcester porcelain during the 1760s, on which it was clealy an influence. At Chelsea, the overlapping scale pattern is also found with a claret ground, and with scales painted to resemble peacock feathers. See documentation

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.5 cm Diameter 5 5/16 in Height 3 cm Height 1 3/16 in
Teabowl Diameter 8 cm Diameter 3 1/8 in Height 5 cm Height 2 in

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and decorated overglaze with flowers and fruits in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.72 & A-1933
Primary reference Number: 75919
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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