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Tobacco jar: C.65 & A-1950

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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 polychrome enamels with floral sprays and a butterfly.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, lead-glazed,and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, puce, purple, and black enamels, with silver mounts on the rim of the cover. Cylindrical, the upper part of the sides moulded with wavy flutes, the base, recessed. The domed cover is moulded with radiating flutes, and has an artichoke finial and a silver mount with a scalloped interior edge. There is a small suspension hole in the base, and another in the interior edge of the cover. The jar is decorated with three large floral bouquets, and detached sprigs and leaves, and with a single blue and yellow butterfly. The cover has applied japonica/prunus leaves and buds radiating from a central bud-shaped knob, and is painted with floral sprigs in the spaces round the edge.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 15 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mennecy ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Third quarter of 18th century
Louis XV
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, pale purple, and black)
Mounts composed of silver ( mount to edge of cover)
Jar Diameter 8.5 cm
Cover Diameter 9.2 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, of creamy tone, extremely translucent, moulded, lead-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, puce, purple, and black enamels, with a silver mount on the edge of the cover

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.65 & A-1950
Primary reference Number: 82394
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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