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Butter dish: C.28-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain butter dish, decorated with a yellow ground and painted in dark pink with landscapes.

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with a yellow ground and painted in crimson (camaieu pourpre) enamel. Circular with vertical sides, and two vertical, pierced rectangular lugs on opposite sides of the rim. On the exterior there are two pairs of reeded bands between which are two crimson landscapes. One includes a boat on a river with a building on the left, and a church spire in the distance; the other has a river with a windmill on the left and a church spire in the distance. Between them there are rocks, bushes, and low trees on either side. Above and below there are three horizontal gold bands and a broad zone of yellow ground. The base is encircled by a narrow gold band encircles and there is a dentilated band round the rim.


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

Legal notes

Given by L.C.G. Clarke, MA

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 10.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mennecy ⪼ Essonne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1935) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, third quarter#
Louis XV
Circa 1755 CE - 1770 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( yellow, dark pink)
Over Lug Height 6.6 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Soft-paste porcelain, decorated overglaze with a yellow ground and painted in crimson (camaieu pourpre)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: D,V,
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28-1935
Primary reference Number: 82391
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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