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Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory, factory, England, Middlesex, Chelsea


Simon Spero (see Documentation 1995) notes that both famille-rose and botanical painting is found on these dishes, which almost certainly derive from a silver prototype, and that some appear to have been painted by an outside decorator. The speckling on the underside of this piece may indicate that it is an example decorated outside the factory.
The spot of underglaze blue on the base indicates that the piece was made in a factory where blue and white was also produced. These are extremely rare at all periods of Chelsea porcelain (see Documentation, Adams 2001 and and Legge 1984).


soft-paste porcelain


sweetmeat dish


circa 1745 circa 1749




mid-18th Century; George II; Triangle Period


Soft-paste porcelain sweetmeat dish, moulded, glazed and decorated with flowers and insects in polychrome onglaze enamels.
Soft-paste porcelain sweetmeat dish, moulded, and painted in green, yellow, pink, blue, turquoise, and black enamels. The bowl is formed as a deep, oval, fluted shell resting on a splayed and fluted base. The interior is painted with two moths and a beetle, and a peony spray in Chinese famille-rose style. The exterior is painted with scattered insects and flower sprays


moulding; whole
glazing (coating); whole
painting overglaze; decoration; in blue, green, turquoise, pink, and black enamels


soft-paste porcelain; whole
lead-glaze; whole; presumed lead
enamels; decoration; blue, green, turquoise, pink, and black


soft-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and decorated with flowers and insects in polychrome onglaze enamels


height, whole, 6, cm
length, whole, 12.3, cm


given; 1941-06-12; National Art Collections Fund


Dr Bellamy Gardner; sold Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics, and Enamels. The Property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 22.

Acquisition Credit:

Given by the National Art Collections Fund as Trustee of the R.S.Cochrane Fund


factory mark; on base; incised under glaze; a triangle; an incised triangle with an accidental blue spot underglaze at its apex; mark used at Chelsea between about 1745 and 1749


Adams, Elizabeth. 1987. Chelsea Porcelain.London: Barrie & Jenkinsp. 27
Cf. p. 27, figs. 3.3 and 3.4. See also a blue and white triangle period cream jug of 'strawberry leaf type', and p. 14, a 'goat and bee' jug with a blue bee.

Hobson, R. L.. 1905. Catalogue of the Collection of English Porcelain in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities and Ethnography of the British Museum.London: p. 46
Cf. p. 46, no. II, 98, fig. 23, an example in the British Museum. See also an example with an encircling band of applied moulded strawberries, p. 46, no. II, 97

Austin, John C.. 1977. Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg.Williamsburg, Virginia: University Press of Virginiap. 30-31
Cf. pp. 30-31, no. 12, an example at Williamsburg

Mackenna, F. Severne. 1948. Chelsea Porcelain, the Triangle and Raised Anchor Wares.Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis Ltd
Cf. pl. 7, no. 17, the example in the British Museum, and pl. 7, no. 18, an example with an encircling band of applied moulded strawberries also in the British Museum.

Spero, Simon. 1995. The Bowles Collection of 18th-Century English and French Porcelain.San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Franciscop. 15
Cf. p. 15, no. 5, an example with encircling band of applied moulded strawberries.

Related Object(s):

EC.19-1941; milk jug

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Object Number: EC.17-1941
(Applied Arts)
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