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Ewer and basin
  • Ewer and basin
    Billingsley, William, born 1758 - died 1828
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Ewer and basin

  • Place of origin:

    Derby (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1790-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Billingsley, William, born 1758 - died 1828 (painters (artists))
    Derby Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, enamelled and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Frank Hurlbutt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 8, shelf 1 []

Physical description

The ewer is globular with widely spreading concave rim and spout, loop handle of flattened section rising a little above the rim. The basin has a similar rim. Both pieces are painted with bouquets of roses, irises and other flowers. Borders of husk pattern and festooned dots with foliations and formal flowers in blue, green, pink and purple. On the handle, formal flowers in gilt.

Place of Origin

Derby (manufactured)


1790-1795 (made)


Billingsley, William, born 1758 - died 1828 (painters (artists))
Derby Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, enamelled and gilt

Marks and inscriptions

'D' surmounted by a crown and crossed batons with six dots
Maker's mark painted (overglaze) in purple on underside of both pieces

Pattern number painted (overglaze) in purple on the foot ring of the basin


Height: 13 cm basin, Diameter: 30.4 cm basin, Height: 24.1 cm ewer

Descriptive line

Ewer and basin, enamelled and gilt soft-paste porcelain, painting attributed to William Billingsley, manufactured by William Duesbury & Co., Derby, 1790-1795

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Haslem, John. The Old Derby China Factory. 1876. 188 p.
Honey, W. B. Old English Porcelain. London : Faber&Faber, 1948. 126 p.
Hurlbutt, Frank. Old Derby Porcelain. 1925.


Soft paste porcelain


Enamelled; Gilt


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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