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Cream bowl: C.1038 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: James & Charles Whitehead (Probably)




Creamware, turned, pierced, and lead-glazed

Pale cream-coloured earthenware, decorated with with engine-turning, piercing and pale yellowish lead-glaze. The circular bowl has an ogee profile and stands on a domed spreading foot rising into a short cylindrical stem. On the underside, at the top of the stem, there are several small pieces of grog of different shapes. The domed cover is also of ogee outline and has an aperture in the rim for a spoon, and a large rose-shaped knob on a stalk with three leaves and two buds. The outer edge of the foot, the lower part of the bowl and the upper part of the cover are decorated with zones of turned bands resembling basket-work, and the cover has a pierced repeating border of simple four-petal flowers separated by a lozenge with a circular hole above and below.


History note: Purchased from a sale at Bonham's on 16 December 1903 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


This cream bowl and cover resembles one provided with a stand which is no. 79 on pl. 45 of James and Charles Whitehead's Pattern Book of 1798.

Components of the work

Foot Diameter 14.1 cm
Bowl Rim Diameter 20.7 cm
Cover Rim Diameter 22 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale cream-coloured earthenware, decorated with with engine-turning, piercing and pale yellowish lead-glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with a blue line border on three sides and a trefoil in each top corner

  • Text: Leeds tureen/and cover./b. at a sale at/Bonham's/Dec 16.1903/(Came from /abroad)
  • Location: On underside of foot
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1038 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71213
Old object number: 1960
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 August 2017 Last processed: Monday 23 October 2023

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

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