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Cup: EC.28 & A & B-1938

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Maker(s)

Factory: Derby Porcelain Manufactory
Painter: Brewer, Robert (Uncertain)
Painter: Brewer, John (Uncertain)

Entities

  • Cup
  • cup with cover and saucer

Categories

Description

Soft-paste porcelain cup with cover and saucer, decorated with a pale yellow ground, painting in polychome enamels, and gilding. On the front is a shipping scene.

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with a pale yellow ground, painting in pale blue, dark greyish-green, pale red, shades of brown, grey and black enamels, and gilding. Cylindrical cup with ear-shaped handle and slightly recessed base, the cover of shallow domed form rising up in the centre to a small circular platform on which is a three-sided handle.Circular saucer with sloping sides, flat centre and recessed base. The front of the cup is decorated with a shipping scene with three sailing vessels of graduated size, with distant cliffs and headland, surrounded by a gold border with reserved white triangular motifs. The rest of the exterior has a pale yellow ground overlaid by black architectural ornament reminiscent of wrought ironwork. There are gold bands round the top and bottom, and the handle is decorated with four vertical lines separated by spots. The base is inscribed in blue enamel: 'Before the Wind, Light/Breeze.' The cover is decorated to match the sides and handle, and the sides of the saucer likewise, with a border of gold leaves and berries between concentric circles on the base.

Notes

History note: Wallace Elliot: sold Sotheby's, 24-26 May 1938, Fine Old English Pottery and Porcelain, lot 292

Legal notes

Bought with the Glaisher Fund

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1938) by Sotheby's

Dating

End of 18th century
George III
Circa 1795 CE - 1800 CE

Note

The painting was attributed to Robert Brewer, who worked at Derby after 1797, but is more likely, as the label on the base states, to have been by John Brewer (1764-1816), who worked at the factory from 1793 and later became a drawing master (c. 1808-15).

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.8 cm Diameter 5 3/8 in Height 1 1/4 in
Rim Of Cup Diameter 7.1 cm
Cup Height 3 3/4 in Width 3 3/4 in

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain cup with cover and saucer, decorated with a pale yellow ground, painting in polychome enamels, and gilding.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'D', above which two crossed batons with three dots per side, surmounted by a crown

  • Location: On cup
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: a 'D', above which two crossed batons with three dots per side, surmounted by a crown

  • Location: On saucer
  • Method of creation: Painted in puce enamel
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Before the Wind, Light/Breeze.
  • Location: On base of cup above the factory mark
  • Method of creation: Blue painted in enamel
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectagular with maroon line border, on the left an elephant's head crest with No (raised o) to the right

  • Text: 524/DERBY/3RD (raised RD) PERIOD/1786-1796
  • Location: On base of cup, and on the inside of the cover
  • Method of creation: Printed in marroon and hand-written in faded blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: narrow rectangular white paper stick on label

  • Text: PAINTED BY/JOHN BREWER
  • Location: On inside of cover, on base of cup and saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: ILLUSTRATED IN/"THE CONNOISSEUR"/SEPTEMBER 19
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.28 & A & B-1938
Primary reference Number: 137196
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 October 2012 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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