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Ewer with a Portrait Medallion: C.1745-1928

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Ewer with a Portrait Medallion


Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)
Green, Guy (Printer)


Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white on the upper surface, transfer-printed in black, and enamelled in green. A neo-classical ewer decorated with a portrait medallion; heavy scroll border, ineptly enamelled.


History note: Purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher in a court off Bishopsgate, London, on 4 April, 1901, with C.1731-1928 for 2s. 6d.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 0.7 cm
Height: 12.5 cm
Width: 12.5 cm

Relative size of this object

12.5 cm12.5 cm7 mm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1780 CE


The design was derived from plate 34 in '55 Vases' by M. Darly which was 'Published by M. Darly According to the Ac 31st August 1770 where may be had Variety of Vases and other Ornaments'. Although the subject is neoclassical the border remains rococo in style.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( black) enamel ( green) Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1745-1928
Primary reference Number: 15455
Old object number: 1201
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 7 October 2019 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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