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Cup and saucer: EC.43 & A-1942

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels with exotic birds and flowers.

Soft-paste porcelain of creamy tone, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, brown, mauve, and grey enamels, and gilt. The cup has deep sides, curving inwards to the footring, and a loop handle. The circular saucer has curved sides, and a footring.The cup is decorated on the sides with two small bunches of roses and other flowers, and on the front, with two exotic birds, a large one standing on the ground and the other, much smaller, perched in a tree. There is a dentilated gold band round the rim, a plain gold band round the foot, a gold line down both sides of the handle, and dots alternating with four formal leaves down its back. The saucer is painted with two floral sprays and an exotic bird standing on the ground and one perched in a tree, and has a dentilated gold band round the rim.


History note: The Rev. G.A. Schneider, Cambridge; sold Sotheby's, 4 June 1942, Catalogue of European Ceramics and Glass comprising the interesting and extensive collection of the Rev. G.A. Schneider (decd), p. 18, part of lot 84; the lot sold for £10 to Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, by whom given to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by L.C.G. Clarke, MA

Place(s) associated

  • Chantilly ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Mid 18th Century
Louis XV
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, red, brown, mauve, and grey)
Edges composed of gold
Saucer Diameter 12 cm Height 2.8 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 7.4 cm
Cup Height 6.3 cm
Cup Handle To Rim Width 9.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: D
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: hunting horn with below, A with three dots in triangular arrangement
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Painted in greyish-blue
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: hunting horn, with below, part of an A
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.43 & A-1942
Primary reference Number: 82206
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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