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Mug: C.37-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Wedgwood (Factory)


Creamware painted in polychrome enamels with floral spray, sprigs, butterfly, bird in flight and bug

Cream earthenware, moulded and fluted, with applied handle, lead-glazed and painted in blue, two shades of green, yellow, red, purple, and black enamels. The cylindrical can is fluted on the lower two-thirds of the exterior, and has a twisted double strap handle with leaf terminals at top and bottom. The sides are painted with one large mixed floral spray with on the left two floral sprigs and a colourful butterfly, and on the right, a beetle, a bird with a red breast, and a rose sprig. The top has a border of purple fern fronds, with a purple band on the rim, and another round the base of the can. The edges of the handles and terminals are outlined in purple, and there are short strokes of graduated side down their backs.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2015; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.7 cm
Width: 8.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Wedgwood
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: C
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Workman's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.37-2015
Primary reference Number: 201613
Old object number: 119
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.37-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 2 June 2015 Updated: Tuesday 15 May 2018 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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