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Teapot: C.3094 & A-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Production: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory
Proprietor of factory: Littler, William




Soft-paste porcelain, glazed and painted in polychrome enamels. The globular pot has a spout in the form of a bird's head, an elaborately scrolled handle, and a flat cover with a knob in the form of a cherry. The two sides are each painted with a different design comprising an exotic bird, a group of fruit, a butterfly, and other insects. On the curved shoulder there is a border of Chinese diaper and flowers, and round the neck, a narrow border of scrolls. The spout is decorated with a floral spray. The edge of the foot is encircled by a green band. The cover is decorated with grapes and flowers. The glaze has many speckles.


History note: Puttick & Simpson’s, London, 5 December 1919, lot 140; bought by Mr Stoner for £11 11s.0d.; bought from him for £16 on 9 December 1919 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Longton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George II
Circa 1754 - 1757


The elaborately scrolled handle of this teapot is unusual, and it can be attributed securely to Longton Hall on the basis of a sherd of a similar handle found at the factory site (see Documentation). The fanciful spout is characteristic of the Rococo style in teapots, which often had spouts with ends in the shape of bird's or monster's heads with open mouths.

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead-glaze)
Decoration composed of enamels
Handle, Spout, Knob

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, glazed and painted in polychrome enamels

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3094 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 140211
Old object number: 4516
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 18 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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