A twelve place dinner service, of which forty eight pieces survive.

The pieces were decorated with scenes from the circus ranging from three acrobats inside a border of the crowd, with a clown opening the curtains, to a horse and trainer, a dancing bear, a girl on horseback and Paris the lion with Togare, his trainer.

Artists include


Dame Gracie Fields; by descent Mrs Grace Orbell.

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL
0161 235 8888

Opening times

Monday 11am–5pm. Tuesday-Sunday 10am–5pm, including bank holiday Mondays. First Wednesday of every month open until 9pm. Closed Good Friday, 1 January, 24–26 and 31 December.

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