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Teapot: C.3110.1 & A-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Lowestoft Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot and cover, with a relief-moulded decoration and painted underglaze in blue.

Soft-paste porcelain teapot and cover, relief-moulded and painted underglaze in blue. The depressed globular teapot has a curved spout and loop handle. The sides are moulded with two circular medallions bordered by scrolling leaves and chrysanthemums, the centre is painted with Chinese river scenes, at the base of which are the moulded initials 'IH' and date '1761'. The shoulders are painted with a cell diaper border. The domed cover is decorated en suite, and surmounted by a flower knop.


History note: Merton Thoms Collection, sold Christie's 11th February 1910, lot 181, £65 2s 0d. Bought by Dr Glaisher from Mr Harding, London, 14th February 1910, £72 1s 0d.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm
Length: 19.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lowestoft ⪼ Suffolk ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1764 : The initials IH have been identified as those of James Hughes, who married Susanna, daughter of Robert Browne, one of the original partners of the factory, on October 19th 1760, but as Hughes' marriage licence described him as a 'china painter', it would seem unlikely that the block for the mould of this teapot was made by him. His son, James, was baptised at Lowestoft on 1st March 1761, but the initials are thought unlikely to refer to him either.Teapots of c.1764 were issued from the 1761 moulds, the date unchanged, but with certain differences, notably the shape of the spout and the handle.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, relief-moulded and painted underglaze in blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: moulded 'IH' and date '1761' on each side

  • Text: 'IH' and '1761'
  • Location: On each side
  • Method of creation: Moulded
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: painter's numeral '5'? or '7' in underglaze blue inside footring

  • Text: '5' or '7'
  • Location: Inside footring
  • Method of creation: In underglaze blue
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3110.1 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 38281
Old object number: 3144, vol. 10
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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