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Dish drainer: C.7-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood




Drabware with gilt edges. Oval, pierced by a large central hole, and four leaf sprays alternating with four groups of holes forming highly stylised plant motifs.


History note: Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given from the Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.7 cm
Length: 38.8 cm
Width: 27.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991-01-21) by Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection


Early 19th Century
George III
Circa 1815 - 1830


The first known mention of Drabware was in 1811 and it was made regularly from 1812. Production continued into the twentieth century. See Documentation.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold

Materials used in production

with gilt edges Drabware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Drabware with gilt edges.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: P
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 18
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: Circular collectors' label printed in black. 'ROBERT & ELIZABETH HIRSCH . COLLECTION' reserved in a black border, surrounding in left top quarter 'R/No 18' over grapes, and in the right top quarter, 'E/No 17' over two stylised fish, with a border of dots and short lines round the lower half.

  • Text: 'ROBERT & ELIZABETH HIRSCH . COLLECTION', 'R/No 18', 'E/No 17'
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1991
Primary reference Number: 12093
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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