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Tobacco jar: C.9 & A-1947

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain tobacco jar and cover, lead-glazed, and painted in enamels with floral sprays.

Soft-paste porcelain, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and dark-pink enamels. The glaze is speckled on the exterior. Cylindrical with recessed base, and domed cover, with an unglazed flange which fits inside the jar, and an applied knob in the shape of a rose bud, a smaller undeveloped bud, and three leaves on a stalk. The jar is decorated with one large floral spray comprising a tulip, a rose, forget-me-knots, convolvulus and pink daisies, and four smaller floral sprays. The cover is decorated with one large and one small floral spray, and has a dark puce band round the outer edge. The knob is painted in two shades of pink and green.


History note: Uncertain before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mennecy ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947-07-23) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


The cover may be a 'marriage'.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, and rose-pink)
Jar Diameter 8.7 cm Height 11.9 cm
Cover Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: DV
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular paper label printed with a back border with the lettering reserved in white

  • Text: FRANCES L.DICKSON printed, Given/By hand-written
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9 & A-1947
Primary reference Number: 82392
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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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