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Chamber pot: C.1728-1928

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Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified decorator (Decorator)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted overglaze in blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green enamels

Buff eathenware, thrown with applied handle, tin-glazed and painted overglaze in blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green enamels. Circular with curved sides, and a loop handle on one side. Decorated on the outside with Chinese ladies among flowering plants, with rocks, a fence, and a Chinese style floral border. The inside is decorated with a floral spray.


History note: Mr W.T. Laurence; sold to Mr Phillips of Hitchin in October or November 1907. He sold it to Dr.G.A.S. Schneider of Cambridge, who sold it to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 cm
Width: 24 cm

Relative size of this object

24 cm11 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Cheshire ⪼ England
  • Cobridge ⪼ north Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 1760 CE


Decoration painted overglaze in enamels on tin-glazed earthenware is a technique common on eighteenth-century Continental faïence, but extremely rare on English delftware. The decoration on this chamber pot is very close in style to that on a water bottle, C.1727-1928. It imitates the Chinese famille rose palette on porcelains of the reign of Yongzheng (1723-35), and is comparable to enamelling on Staffordshire white salt-glazed stoneware, such as a mug, C.598-1928. This suggests that although made at Liverpool, the water bottle and chamber pot were probably enamelled in north Staffordshire, possibly in Cobridge, but some ceramic scholars consider that for practical reasons it is more likely that they were enamelled in Liverpool.

School or Style

Chinoiserie famille rose

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green) Handle:

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware greenish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handle, tin-glazed greenish-white, and painted overglaze in blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1728-1928
Primary reference Number: 138449
Old object number: 2885
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 August 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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