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Cup: C.108-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White salt-glazed stoneware cup with eight sides and integral allegorical and heraldic decoration in relief

Off-white stoneware, slip-cast, with an applied handle, and salt-glaze. The cup stands on an octagonal foot. It has eight straight sides, and a reeded loop handle with a kick at its lower end. The sides are decorated with eight vertical panels of allegorical and heraldic motifs, one above the other. Beginning on the right of the handle these are: two putti holding up a heart, a monster and a man's head in profile to right in a medallion; a swimming swan, Cupid riding a lion, the Fox and the Stork from Aesop's Fables; partly illegible one figure on right, a unicorn, and a putto amidst foliage; a basket piled with fruit, a man holding a staff accompanied by a hound, with above a bird perching amidst foliage; illegible, a game bird, a stag, and above, a shield of arms; a kettle on a hearth, three men around a table, with a swag above; an arabesque, a double-headed Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire with a crown above; two putti holding up a heart, a nude man or putto holding a globe on his shoulder with a shield of arms above.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6 cm
Length: 7.1 cm

Relative size of this object

7.1 cm6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 CE


These strange groups of motifs occur on other teawares, such as sugar basins, and milk jugs. They also occur on C.583-1928 and C.584-1928 , cups of different shapes.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze Rim Width 5.6 cm

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 83
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.108-2015
Primary reference Number: 206811
Old object number: 81
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.108-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 22 September 2015 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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