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Jug

  • Place of origin:

    Derby (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1784-1787 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Soare, Thomas (gilded by)
    Derby Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:466-1885

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Jug of soft-paste porcelain, painted with enamels and gilded, and with a globular body, a wide reeded cylindrical neck with projecting lip and a loop handle, and on the front are the letters 'D.P.C' in cornflowers surmounted by an oval wreath of cornflowers, and round the rim and shoulder are borders of gilt flowers and white jewelled dots on a bleu de roiground.

Place of Origin

Derby (made)

Date

ca. 1784-1787 (made)

Artist/maker

Soare, Thomas (gilded by)
Derby Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

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

'D.P.C' [in cornflowers, for Daniel Parker Coke] surmounted by an oval wreath of cornflowers
On the front

Mark and '1'
Inside the footrim, indicates the hand of Thomas Soar.

Dimensions

Height: 23.9 cm, Diameter: 16.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Thatcher, London, for £11 in December 1871

Daniel Parker Coke was elected MP for Derby in 1776. In the 1928 catalogue of the Schreiber Collection the jug was dated to 1802 (on the basis of the form of the mark), when Coke was re-elected to Parliament, but it can now be firmly dated to the 1780s. It was possibly made to commemorate Coke's 40th birthday. See Stephen Mitchell, The Marks on Chelse-Derby and early Crossed-Batons useful wares, 1770-c.1790 (2007), pl. 86

Historical context note

The initials are those of Daniel Parker Coke (1745-1825) of Trusley and Pinxton, who was elected MP for Derby (on petition) in 1776. He served as the MP for Nottingham from 1780 until 1812, having been re-elected in 1802. The jug was dated to 'about 1802' in the 1928 edition of the catalogue of the Schreiber Collection, but Stephen Mitchell (2007, see References) dates it to 1784-87, suggesting that the initialling beneath the chaplet may indicate that it was made for an anniversary or marriage (and not re-election to Parliament).

Descriptive line

Jug of soft-paste porcelain, painted with enamels and gilded, and with a globular body, a wide reeded cylindrical neck with projecting lip and a loop handle, Derby, 1784-1787

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

Mitchell, Stephen. The Marks on Chelsea-Derby and Early Crossed Batons Useful Wares. London: SGM Books, 2007, Pl. 86.

Production Note

Stephen Mitchell (see References) attributes the factory mark and gilding to Thomas Soare

Materials

Soft paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Cornflowers

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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