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Globe: C.1-1915

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood




Jasper, solid pale blue with white reliefs. Globular with a central hole at the poles. Hollow. Decorated round the widest part with four putti: one playing a pipe or flute, one playing double pipes, one holding a large torch, and one holding a small torch, separated by honeysuckle motifs. Laurel leaves radiate from the apertures at the top and bottom.


History note: Collection of Swann Hurrell, 30 Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge and from 1891, St Leonard’s (d. 1897); his niece, Miss Emily Beales, ‘Hurrell’, St Leonard’s.

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Given by Miss Emily Beales

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18 cm
Height: 16.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1915-06-26) by Beales, Emily, Miss


19th Century, third quarter#
Victoria I
Circa 1860 - 1870


Josiah Wedgwood & Sons

The putti or erotes are from 'Sacrifice to Hymen'. Their source was the cinerary urn of D. Lucullus Felix, now in the Capitoline Museum. The octagonal urn has bearded masks at the top of the angles and a putto on each side. The series represent a miniature thiusos, a symbol of hope of life after death. It was supposed to have been found on the Via Appia and was in the Cesi and Albani Collections

This globe is probably an oil lamp or chandelier fitting, see Wedgwood Shape Book rebound 1916 (water-marked 1794), nos. 1243 and 1244, globular objects, smaller, with the same leaf motifs at intervals and different reliefs between them, headed 'Miller & Sons, London Lamp fittings June 28/62'. Below is no. 1247, apparently a circular ceiling rose, 15¼" in diameter with the same honeysuckle motifs and putti between them.

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Materials used in production

blue with white reliefs Jasper ware

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: impressed very small twice

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1915
Primary reference Number: 11592
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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