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Flared bowl: C.4-2020

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Flared bowl


Factory: Wedgwood
Designer: Wilson, Norman




Earthenware, with moulded decoration, glazed inside and out.

Flared white earthenware bowl with narrow, raised base. Interior with 20 moulded lines curving from base to rim, decorated with purple hare’s fur glaze. Exterior coated with a matt mushroom glaze. Underside flat with foot-rim, undecorated.


History note: Presented by Lesley Boyd, daughter of Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife.

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.5 cm
Height: 8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Barlaston ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2020-01-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


20th Century, Mid
Elizabeth II
Circa 1930 CE - 1960 CE


Norman Wilson (1902-85) learned his trade working in his father’s china works while studying at North Staffordshire technical College, where he won a silver medal and, later, lectured. He joined Wedgwood as Works Manager in 1927, and became joint Managing Director a few years before his retirement in 1963. His main contribution was in the technical modernisation of the factory, but he also created a number of decorative glazes and contributed to the design of successful tableware series.

Wilson was inspired by Chinese ceramics, particularly those of the Sung Dynasty potters (960-1279 AD) which favour elegant shapes and rich glazes. His ‘Unique Wares’ feature a wide variety of forms and experimental glazes, sometimes using several glazes on a single pot. The shape number on this bowl, 1581, suggests it is an earlier example.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD / MADE IN / ENGLAND / NW 1581
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: WEDGWOOD / N.W.
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Stamped in mushroom glaze
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-2020
Primary reference Number: 240191
Entry form number: 508
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 4 February 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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