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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain 'Octagon Soup Plate', painted in enamels in Kakiemon style with 'Hob in the Well' pattern

Soft-paste porcelain 'Octagon Soup Plate', painted in the Kakiemon style in blue, bluish-green, orange-red and black enamel-colours and gilt. Octagonal, with deep sides and narrow, upturned rim, standing on a foot ring. In the middle, 'Hob in the Well' pattern; on the rim, stylized flowers and leaves.


History note: Purchased by the donor from Winifred Williams (Robert Williams, London). Formerly in the collection of the late Mr Theodore Barclay

Legal notes

Given by Sir John Plumb, FBA. through the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22 cm
Height: 4.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Chelsea ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-01-31) by Plumb, John, Sir, F.B.A.


18th Century, Mid
George II
Raised anchor or early red anchor period
Circa 1752 CE - 1755 CE


This pattern copied from a Japanese Kakiemon style plate, or perhaps from a Meissen copy, only occurs on Chelsea soup plates of this deep form. In the 1755 Chelsea sale catalogue they were described as 'octagon soup plates Hob in the well'. See documentation.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, bluish-green, orange-red and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, decorated in the Kakiemon style in polychrome enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.17-1983
Primary reference Number: 131183
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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