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Sugar bowl: EC.7 & A-1946

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Niderviller Porcelain Manufactory
Proprietor: Custine, Adam-Phlippe, comte de




Soft-paste porcelain sugar bowl and cover, glazed, and painted in enamels with figures and insects in landscape, and gilded on the edges.

Soft-paste porcelain, glazed and painted in shades of green, yellow, red, reddish-brown, grey, and black enamel, and gilt. The bowl has deep sides curving inwards to the low spreading foot. The domed cover has an applied knob in the shape of a fruit and a leaf on a twig. The bowl is decorated on one side with a landscape with buildings and two male figures, and on the other with a ladybird, a butterfly, and a bee (?). On the cover there is a smaller landscape with buildings, a dragonfly, a little beetle, and a fly. There are gold bands round the foot, the rim, and the edge of the cover, and touches of gold on the finial.


History note: H.E. Backer, 1 Elm Tree Road, St John's Wood, London. NW8 from whom purchased for £10 by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Niderviller ⪼ Lorraine ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1946-04) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, Late
Louis XVI
Comte de Custine period
Circa 1770 CE - 1793 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, red, reddish-brown, grey and black) gold
Bowl Diameter 8.4 cm
Cover Diameter 8.8 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a crown over interlaced Cs
  • Location: On base of basin
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in greyish-blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: script N

  • Text: N.
  • Location: On the base of basin
  • Method of creation: Painted in brown enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: Niderviller/Comte de Custine/1774
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.7 & A-1946
Primary reference Number: 82438
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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