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Chamber candlestick: C.90-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with applied flowers and leaves, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels with floral sprays and sprigs

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with applied flowers and leaves, painting overglaze in blue, yellowish-green, greyish-green, yellow, puce, and red enamels, and gilt (now almost entirely worn away). The circular dish has curved sides with four large and four small lobes round the edge and a border of raised scrolls and foliage. It rises up in the centre to support the inner end of the handle and the nozzle in the form of a bell-shaped flower with a calyx of pointed leaves. The handle is in the form of a branch which curves upwards and downwards to rest on the dish. At its hightest point it has a horizontal flower-shaped thumbpiece. On the dish around the junction with the nozzle there are three blue flowers each with a pair of leaves, and another leaf lies further out beside the lower end of the handle. The dish is painted with three large sprays of mixed flowers and the nozzle with three smaller sprays of flowers of tone type. The outer edge has remnants of gilding


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.2 cm
Width: 12.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10-14) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, second half#
George II
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760


The gold anchor mark was probably added at a later date

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, yellowish-green, greyish-green, yellow, puce, red)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain candlestick, moulded, and decorated with applied flowers and leaves, and painting in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: an anchor
  • Location: On the top of the dish close to the handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.90-1932
Primary reference Number: 76329
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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