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Bottle ticket

Bottle ticket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with gilt lettering

  • Credit Line:

    P. J. Cropper Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bottle tickets identified the contents of a bottle or decanter, which might alternatively contain spirits, sauces, toilet waters or cordials. The variety of styles and materials was enormous. This example is one of a set of 12 made of porcelain with gilt lettering. The word claret probably refers to the English name for a red wine from the Bordeaux region of south-west France.

Contemporary gazettes begin to refer to ‘labels for bottles’ in the 1770s but it was not until the 1790s that they were established as wine or decanter labels. Silver bottle tickets tended to reflect fashionable designs and technical advances in metalware generally. During the period 1800-1900, English and French manufacturers also began to supply bottle tickets made in decorated ceramics.

Physical description

Bottle ticket (one of set of twelve) with the words CLARET. White porcelain escutcheon with borders of gilt rococo scrolls, gilt lettering and chain attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with gilt lettering

Marks and inscriptions

No marks



Length: 4.9 cm, Width: 4.8 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 44 / 177
Bequest - P.J. Cropper
per W J Sheldrick
Probably wine.

Descriptive line

Porcelain, England, ca.1850


Porcelain; Gold

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs)


Metalwork; Drinking; Porcelain


Metalwork Collection

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