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Toilet Jar and Cover: EC.37 & A-1945

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Toilet Jar and Cover


Factory: Saint-Cloud Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain painted underglaze in dark blue

Soft-paste porcelain of creamy tone painted underglaze in dark blue. Cylindrical with slightly irregular sides and recessed base. The domed cover has a flange which fits inside the jar and a flat-topped circular knob. There is a zig-zag border round the lower edge of the jar, and a lambrequin border at the top. The cover has the same pattern round its outer edge, and the knob is decorated with a seven-petalled flower.


History note: Viscount Harcourt; Dowager Viscountess Harcourt; sold Sotheby's, 16 November 1945, Catalogue of Fine Continental, English and Chinese Porcelain, French and English Furniture, Works of Art, etc., part of lot 20 (two items for £12).

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Place(s) associated

  • Saint-Cloud ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Trou period
Circa 1720 CE - 1740 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of blue pigment ( cobalt)
Base Diameter 8.3 cm
Cover Diameter 8.7 cm
Over Knob Height 7.3 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the t of St is raised and looks like a 4

  • Text: St.C/T/F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.37 & A-1945
Primary reference Number: 82177
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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