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Soup plate: C.8-1920

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Copeland



Lead-glazed earthenware transfer-printed in dark green with Arabic inscriptions.

Cream earthenware, moulded, lead-glazed and transfer-printed in dark green. The circular plate has a wide sloping and slightly concave rim, and a deep well with curved sides. The middle is decorated with three lines of Arabic, reading: ‘God is One. He has no Partner/Mohammad is the Prophet of God/ . . . . .. On the rim are the names of the first four Caliphs: ‘O Abu Bakr’, ‘O Othman’, O Omar’ and O Ali’ and ‘There is no God but the One God’ twice, separated by foliated scrolls. The edge is encircled by a narrow green band, and a broad green band.


History note: Purchased in the Malay States presumably by the donor, Ivor Hugh Norman Evans (1886-1957),

Legal notes

Given by Ivor H.N. Evans, MA

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1920-08-26) by Evans, Ivor, H.N., MA


Third quarter of 19th century
Production date: after AD 1853


This design was made for export to the Middle or Far East. The copper plate for the pattern was at the Spode factory before its closure. It was Patent no. 91579, registered in 1853.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( green)

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware
presumed lead Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware lead-glazed and transfer-printed in green

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 17 COPELAND
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: Copeland/Late Spode
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 16
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Transer-printed in blue
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-1920
Primary reference Number: 76154
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 February 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 1 February 2022

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

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