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Bowl: C.3090 & A-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: West Pans Porcelain Manufactory
Potter: Littler, William




Soft-paste porcelain bowl and stand, painted in blue underglaze, and gilt, with moulded and applied decoration.

Soft-paste porcelain bowl and stand, moulded, and painted in blue underglaze, and gilt. The oval bowl has flared sides moulded with overlapping strawberry leaves and tendrils. The stand is similarly shaped with eight naturalistically moulded vine leaves forming the border. The leaves are painted in runny dark blue with an uncoloured vine leaf in reserve on either side of the bowl. Both pieces show traces of 'cold' (unfired) gilding.


History note: Puttick and Simpson, London, 17 January 1919, part of lot 101; bought for 15 guineas by Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • West Pans ⪼ Scotland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1764 CE - 1777 CE


This bowl and stand was attributed to William Littler's factory at Longton Hall in Staffordshire, in Bernard Rackham's Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection . . . (1935). By 1998 it had been reattributed to his factory at West Pans in Scotland which was operating from 1764. It has been difficult to decide whether some types of Littler's porcelain was made in one or other factory, but scientific analysis of the cobalt used to produce the blue pigments may make it possible to do so more securely for this type of ware. See Documentation.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue gold
Stand Height 2 cm Width 18.7 cm
Bowl Height 8 cm Width 13.3 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft paste porcelain, moulded, and painted in blue underglaze, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3090 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 38194
Old object number: 3909
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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