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Pitcher: C.1-2022

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Braden, Norah




Pitcher, unglazed stoneware, ovoid body with long handle and cup-shaped upper section, the whole covered with swirling iron decoration.


History note: Purchased by the Museum at the sale of studio ceramics at Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, Macclesfield, 29 October 2021, lot 443; purchased by that vendor from the sale of Contemporary Ceramics, Bonhams,13 July 1994, lot 138; Norah Braden's personal collection

Legal notes

Purchased with the Shakeshaft Acquisition Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 33.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2022-04-29) by Adam Partridge Ltd


Production date: circa AD 1935


Although this is an unusual form by Braden, recent research has shown that it was not an entirely unique work but part of a small series in which Braden experimented with this form and with swirling decoration, which may have been after the kind popularised by William Staite Murray. Braden chose to keep this work herself, only selling it when she was about to enter a residential care home (her collection was sold at Bonhams, July 1994, lot 138).

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Impressed 'NB' mark within hexagonal cartouche

  • Text: 'NB' within hexagon
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: 'Sweets' handwritten in pencil on either side of the handle

  • Text: 'Sweets'
  • Location: Either side of the handle
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-2022
Primary reference Number: 311377
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Audit data

Created: Monday 18 July 2022 Updated: Wednesday 19 April 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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