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Warming plate: C.3-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Press-moulded salt-glazed stoneware. Circular with two C-scroll handles on opposing sides.

White salt-glazed stoneware, the lower part thrown and the upper part press-moulded. The lower part is hollow. It stands on a circular base which slopes outwards to create a foot, and then outwards again for about 2.5 cm before rising vertically to the rim. On opposing wides there is a moulded C-scroll handle. The closed top resembles a plate with a sloping rim rim and shallow well. The rim has a relief border design of panels of trellis diaper and basket work separated by scrolls, broken at 12 o’clock by a rectangular aperture to admit the hot water (originally with a cover now missing).


History note: Bonham's, New Bond Street, London, 8 September 1904, lot purchased for £492.50 by the donor, Mrs Margaret H. Cook

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Margaret Cook

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.3 cm
Height: 6 cm
Width: 26.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2019-04-29) by Cook, Margaret H., Mrs


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 CE


This type of borders occurs on plates and dishes with references to the King of Prussia and therefore probably made during the Seven Years War, c. 1757-62. The earliest known invoice for a dinner service, probably of salt-glazed stoneware is in 175 , in the archives of the 4th Duke of Bedford, at Woburn.

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: (red ink) ‘365.’ and (blue ink) ‘8.9.04 from Bonhams Auction/House, New Bond St., London. 9”/£400 + £92-50. Very rare saltglaze/c. 1750/60. Collected 23.9.04./from a Staffs pottery./Good crisp moulding.’
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red and blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-2019
Primary reference Number: 227178
Entry form number: 1382
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Updated: Tuesday 26 November 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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