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Cup: MAR.C.52-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Imperial Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain painted in greyish-blue, green, yellow, orange-red, grey, purple, brown, and black enamels and gilt. The beaker-shaped cup has a slightly everted rim, an ear-shaped handle, and a narrow footring. On the front it is decorated with an upper-class woman standing in profile holding a closed fan in her left hand. She has a tall hairstyle decorated with beads and a cockade, and wears an orange-red dress. Behind her on the right there is a small tree and a bush, both bluish-grey, and on the left, two bushes, one greyish-blue and the other green. Below in gold is the phrase 'a l'angloise'. The rim is gilt, and on its inside it has a border of wavy stylized foliage. There is a spray of similar foliage down the back of the handle, and a plain band round the footring.


History note: Unknown before Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912) by whom bequeathed

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7 cm
Width: 8.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1770 CE - 1775 CE


The term 'a l'angloise' (à l'anglaise) refers to the less formal style of dress worn in England. Tea was also taken 'à l'angloise' but this cup was probably intended for coffee.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( greyish-blue, green, yellow, orange-red, grey, purple, brown, black) gold
Rim Diameter 6.4 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a l'angloise.
  • Location: On exterior of cup
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: either a very small crescent or part of an O

  • Text: crescent
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: shield with two cross bars
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in greyish-blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 10 (dash over it) 0
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.52-1912
Primary reference Number: 77378
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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