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Bath Museum of East Asian Art gets historic porcelain

The Pratt Family Tureen
The Pratt Family Tureen was commissioned by the son of a prominent lawyer

An item of "historical importance" has been acquired by a museum in Bath.

The Museum of East Asian Art, in Bennett Street, is celebrating the return of the Pratt Family Tureen.

It has been acquired with funding from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Art Fund charity.

The Art Fund is a membership charity that helps museums and galleries buy works of art for all to enjoy through awarding grants, campaigning and fundraising.

The arms of the Pratt family
Armorial ware are ceramics decorated with a coat of arms
Armorials have been popular on European pottery from the Renaissance
Examples can be found on Italia Maiolica, Slipware, English and Dutch Delft, and on porcelain from the 18th Century
The term is most often associated with Chinese export porcelain
The porcelin is often decorated with the arms and crests of Europeans and Americans, from the late 17th Century through the 19th Century

Belonging to a dinner set bearing the arms of the Pratt family, the tureen has been added to the museum's collection of Armorial Porcelain.

It was commissioned by John Jeffreys Pratt, son of Charles Pratt - prominent lawyer and Attorney General in Pitt's administration.

John Jeffreys was the second Earl Camden (later the Marquess Camden), Knight of the Garter and MP for Bath from 1780 to 1794.

The tureen is decorated with the full arms with supporters and coronet of the Earl of Camden, including the elephant head motif that can still be seen above each doorway in Camden Crescent, Bath.

Staff at the museum are "delighted" that their work gaining funding for this acquisition came to fruition.

Curator Michel Lee said: "We are extremely grateful to the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund for supporting this purchase.

"It is an important piece for the history of Bath and a significant addition to our armorial porcelain collection".

The Museum of East Asian Art, which opened its doors to the public in 1993, houses one of the most remarkable collections of art from this part of the world in the United Kingdom.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sundays from 12pm until 5pm and 10am to 5pm most bank holiday Mondays.

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