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Warming plate: C.6-2019

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Yorkshire factory (Possibly)
Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Possibly)
Factory: Wedgwood




Cream-coloured earthenware with markedly yellow lead-glaze, particularly on the base and exterior. The silver-shaped top has a wavy edge, a sloping rim, and deep curved sides. The circular lower part has deep double-curved sides and stands on a footring. On opposing sides it has an applied spout, the one left is uncovered to admit hot water, and the other is covered by a moulded leaf. Both are enclosed by a horizontal D-shaped rope-twist handle. The handle on the side of the spout has a projecting pierced loop.


History note: Purchased in Cambridge on 5 October 1990 for £55, a Christmas present to the donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Margaret Cook

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 24.5 cm
Height: 5.6 cm
Width: 29 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1800 CE


The warming plate has been attributed doubtfully to Josiah Wedgwood, but Wedgwood's creamware became increasingly pale in tone after the 1770s.

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( yellowish)

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stck-on label, now discoloured

  • Text: C18th Wedgwood/creamware/Cambridge (in red) 22/5.10.1990/£55 marked £59/Xmas present from Paul.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black and number in red biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-2019
Primary reference Number: 227181
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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