Swansea Supper Service

This attractive supper service is an extremely rare example of early-19th-century ceramics finished with zoological decoration.


pearlware, mahogany and brass
54cm (tray); 26 x 12.5cm (tureen); 19 x 12cm (quadrant dishes and covers); 20.5cm (plates)
Art Fund grant:
£22,500 ( Total: £41,250)
Acquired in:

The quality of the work is of the highest standard and it is the only known set of its kind to survive complete with its original mahogany tray. The service was made at the Cambrian Pottery in Swansea and decorated by Thomas Pardoe and William Weston Young, both outstanding talents of their day. Each of the covers and interiors of the dishes and each of the eight plates is painted with a different animal. Featured animals include a tiger, a zebra, a lion, a kangaroo and a fox. Young painted the animals while Pardoe was responsible for the landscape backgrounds and gilding.


Alicia Catherine Loftus Tottenham; by descent

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 museum.wales/

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