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Stand: C.19B-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Morin, Jean-Louis
Répareur: Grémont, Claude-Jean-Baptiste (Perhaps)
Répareur: Poulain, Gratien (Perhaps)




Soft-paste porcelain stand for a mustard pot, decorated with an underglaze blue ground,and two reserves each painted in polychrome enamels with two birds in a landscape, framed by gilding.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with an underglaze blue (bleu lapis) ground, painting in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellowish and brownish green, yellow, puce pink, purple, grey, brown, and black enamels, and gilding. Oval with curved, slightly lobed sides, and undulating rim with four notches at the cardinal points and four less prominent notches between them. There is a suspension hole in the footring. The stand has a bleu lapis ground with a shaped reserve each end, surrounded by an elaborate rococo frame composed of gilt scrolls, flowers and foliage. The reserves are each painted with two birds in a landscape, one bird standing and the other flying or perched in a tree. There is a dentilated gilt band round the rim. A pair with C.19A-1961.


History note: Possibly Horace Walpole (1717-97), Fourth Earl of Orford, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, or a later occupant of Strawberry Hill. Probably W.J. Goode; sold Christie’s, 17 July 1895, lot 250. Acquired by Louis C.G. Clarke, before October 1948 when recorded in Sotheby’s inventory of his collection at Leckhampton, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.4 cm
Length: 18 cm
Width: 13.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Sèvres ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid
Louis XV
Production date: AD 1760 : Accessioned as 1759 but the date letter system has been revised so that A stands for 1754 instead of 1753, so that the G on this piece indicates 1760 rather than 1759.


For the revised dating of this piece, see Documentation, Peters, 2014.

This is one of two different forms which accompanied barrel-shaped mustard pots (moutardiers ordinaires), the other has a cusped rather than indented outline, and a central depression to take the pot. This stand and its pair may have been intended to accompany a pair of similarly decorated mustard pots decorated by the same two decorators, and said to have come from Strawberry Hill, formerly in the Charles-Otto Zieseniss Collection (see Documentation).

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, pale turquoise-green, yellowish and brownish green, yellow, puce pink, purple, grey, brown, and black) ground colour ( underglaze bleu lapis) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, decorated with an underglaze blue ground, painting in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellowish and brownish green, yellow, puce pink, paurple, grey, brown, and black enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced L's enclosing G.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: M followed by a dot about half way up the right stroke of the letter

  • Text: M.
  • Location: On base, below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Painter's mark
  • Text: gp
  • Location: On base close to footring
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Inscription present: gold paper elongated rectangle with cut corners inscribed in black ink with 'Strawberry Hill.'

  • Text: Strawberry Hill
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19B-1961
Primary reference Number: 93554
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 September 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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