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Tea bowl: C.3092A-1928

Object information

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Factory: West Pans Porcelain Manufactory
Potter: Littler, William




Soft-paste porcelain teabowl, painted underglaze in blue.

Soft-paste porcelain teabowl, moulded, and painted in blue underglaze. The circular tea bowl has curved sides, moulded with three oval panels edged with flower wreath tied with ribbon bows, on a ribbed ground, the ground covered in runny underglaze dark blue.


History note: Mr Stoner, London, from whom bought, together with another tea bowl C.3092B-1928 and a teapot C.3091 & A-1928, for £19 on 11 October, 1918, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.5 cm
Height: 4.5 cm

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


The dish was attributed to Longton Hall when acquired by Dr Glaisher. It was reattributed to West Pans on the basis of dish fragments with moulded leaves on the rims found on the factory site. The West Pans porcelain factory was founded in 1764 by William Littler who had previously directed the Longton Hall factory which closed in 1760.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue ( the term 'Littler's blue' in the earlier descriptio has been changed to dark underglaze blue because Littler's blue' is usually applied to white salt-glaze stoneware and was produced by a different technique)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3092A-1928
Primary reference Number: 38196
Old object number: 4498
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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