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Sugar bowl and Cover: C.1 & A-1959

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Sugar bowl and Cover


Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain sugar bowl and cover, lead-glazed and painted in polychrome enamels with figures in landscapes.

Soft-paste porcelain, lead-glazed, and painted in soft shades of blue, green, greyish-green, dark pink, red, purple, several shades of brown, grey and black enamels. The glaze on the base has grey speckles.The bowl stands on a low footring. The sides curve outwards and upwards in a convex curve and then rise almost vertically to the rim. The cover is domed and has a knob in the shape of a half open rose bud, with a small rosebud and three leaves on a twig resting on the cover. The bowl is decorated with a continuous landscape in which on one side there is a distant village and a woman and a child, and on the other a lady and two gentlemen seated on rocks beside a lake. Above and below there is a narrow blue horizontal band. On the cover there is a different landscape in which there are two sheep on one side, and on the other, a goatherd playing a pipe to a seated woman, and a goat in the background to right. A narrow blue band encircles the edge of the scene. The knob is pink with pale green leaves.


History note: Miss Wylde, Great Harkesley, Nr. Colchester; sold in a sale by order of the executors, 16 March 1959, lot 72, 'A painted jam jar and sundry Continental and Oriental pieces.'' purchased by John Collins of Collins & Clark, Cambridge for £12-15.0; purchased from Collins & Clarke with the Duplicate Objects and Donation Fund.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Duplicate Objects and Donation Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.4` cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mennecy ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1959-04-30) by Collins and Clarke


Third quarter of 18th century
Louis XV
Production date: circa AD/CE 1760

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( blue, green, greyish-green, dark pink, red, purple, several shades of brown, grey and black enamels) Cover: Diameter 10.2 cm
Bowl: Diameter 9.7 cm Height 7.3 cm

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, the bowl probably thrown, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, greyish-green, dark pink, red, purple, several shades of brown, grey and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: D V with two straight commas bellow the letters

  • Text: D,V,
  • Location: On base of bowl
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1 & A-1959
Primary reference Number: 82396
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 November 2021 Last processed: Thursday 25 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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