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Tureen and cover: C.4.2 & A-1958

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain tureen and cover, moulded in the form of a fighting cock, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.


History note: It is possible that the pair of tureens was sold on 30 March 1922, lot 91, as part of the 'Catalogue of Oil Paintings, Tapestries, Porcelain and Furniture' auctioned by Mr W. Rendall Darby, of the firm of Messrs. J & R Kemp and Co., 125 High Holborn, WC1. A pair of 14 1/2 in Old Chelsea tureens and covers in the form of fighting cocks, enamelled in colours (no price or purchaser given). If so, they may have come from the collection of the Duchess of Cleveland.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dick Gelston in memory of his brother Robert Gelston, Civil Engineer, Limerick.

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 in
Length: 15 in

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1958-10-16) by Gelston, Dick


Mid 18th Century
George II
Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Circa 1752 - 1756


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School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded in the form of a fighting cock, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.2 & A-1958
Primary reference Number: 131417
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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