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Jug: EC.4 & A-1943

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Sceaux Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Duvivier, Fidelle (Probably)




Soft-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels with exotic birds amongs trees and bushes, and with pink bands round the rims of the jug and cover

Soft-paste porcelain painted in muddy shades of blue, green, yellowish-green, dark pink, brown, and black enamels. Pear-shaped body with a projecting lip, and single loop handle. Slightly domed cover with a projection to cover the lip surmounted by a knob in the shape of a rosebud and two leaves. On the side opposite to the projection there is a hole near the edge. The jug is decorated on one side with an exotic bird standing beside a tree in which a smaller, different bird is perching, and with a smaller bird standing on the ground to the left On the other side there is one bird standing between two trees. Below the spout there are two flying birds. There are blue strokes at the base of the lip, and pairs of short slanting lines on the top of the handle. The cover is painted with an exotic bird standing beside a bush, and with two small flying bird. The rims of jug and cover are encircled by rose-pink bands.


History note: Uncertain before donor, Louis C.G. Clarke, MA, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by L.C.G. Clarke, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sceaux ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943-05-20) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Third quarter of 18th century
Louis XV
Circa 1775 CE - 1780 CE


The hole in the cover is probably intended for the attachment of a mount and thumbpiece. The decoration is in the style of the porcelain painter, Fidelle Duvivier, who was working at Sceaux by 1775, and had moved to Loosdrecht in the Netherlands by the mid 1780s.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellowish-green, brown, rose-pink, and black)
Handle-belly Width 11.6 cm

Materials used in production

assumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S.X
  • Location: On base of jug
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.4 & A-1943
Primary reference Number: 82215
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 January 2022 Last processed: Monday 10 January 2022

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

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