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  • Place of origin:

    Derby (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1816-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    George Coker (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Biscuit porcelain plaque set in a plain gold slip

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf B, box 8

The porcelain plaque may have been made by George Coker who was an apprentice at the Nottingham Road factory in Derby but left in 1817. He set up a business making porcelain figures in Friar Gate, Derby and worked firstly in partnership and then on his own account until he moved to London in 1840. His wife was Sarah Stanley hence the initials SS and Coker used "Derby" as part of his own mark on his figures.

Floral jewellery made a touching gift of love or friendship. It could also convey symbolic messages. In The Language of Flowers, first published by Mrs Burke in 1856, the lily of the valley signified a return of happiness, while the convolvulus could have a number of meanings – from the bonds of love to repose or even extinguished hope.

Physical description

Brooch, biscuit porcelain plaque encrusted with flowers and set in a plain gold slip. The plaque marked on the reverse 'S.S./DERBY'.

Place of Origin

Derby (made)


ca. 1816-1840 (made)


George Coker (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Biscuit porcelain plaque set in a plain gold slip

Marks and inscriptions

'S.S. / DERBY'
On the reverse of the plaque, perhaps for Sarah Stanley. George Cocker married Sarah Stanley in 1816 and the brooch may have been a gift to her.


Height: 2.6 cm, Width: 3.5 cm, Depth: 1.9 cm

Object history note

The attribution come from correspondance with the local historian Robin Blackwood in 2006.

Descriptive line

Brooch, biscuit porcelain plaque encrusted with flowers with 'S.S.' on the reverse, perhaps for Sarah Stanley, England (Derby), made by George Cocker, about 1816-40


Porcelain; Gold

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Floral patterns


Jewellery; Porcelain


Metalwork Collection

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