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Teapot: C.1070 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Yorkshire factory (Possibly)
Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Possibly)




Lead-glazed creamware with overglaze enamel decoration.

Cream-coloured earthenware with a lead glaze and overglaze painting and sponging in enamels. The thrown teapot has a globular body with a ribbed spout, enfolded at the base by acanthus-leaves, and a handle in the form of two interlaced ribbons with flower and leaf shaped terminals. The lid has a flower knob with moulded buds and leaves at the base of the flower stem. The knob, handle terminals and acanthus leaves of the spout are painted in green enamel. The teapot body is sponged all over with deep salmon-pink, on top of which is painted a pattern of black dots and, on each side of the teapot, a large festoon of red and yellow flowers with green leaves and black outlines.


History note: Provenance unidentified before Mr. Jolley, Cambridge, who sold for £1.5.0 in 1904 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 18.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 CE - Circa 1790 CE


Rose-shaped knobs and flower-and-leaf handle terminals, known as ‘classic’ terminals, have traditionally been associated with the Leeds Pottery. The particular design of rose knob used on this teapot shares significant similarities with knobs that have been excavated from the Leeds site: its petals are separated, it terminates in a cluster of leaves and buds and it has an elongated ‘v’ shaped groove at the base of the flower head. Furthermore, ‘classic’ terminals comparable to those on this teapot have also been found at the Leeds site. However, comparable knobs and terminals have also been found at the Swinton factory, which was managed by Leeds between 1785 and 1806. Potters unconnected with Leeds also used rose knobs and ‘classic’ terminals. It is therefore difficult to securely attribute this teapot to a particular manufacturer on the basis of its sprigged decoration.

Components of the work

Body, With Lid Height 11.3 cm
Body, Without Lid Height 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

cream coloured Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Painting overglaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on white paper label with blue-border

  • Text: “Leeds painted teapot. Bought at Cambridge Feb 4 1909. No 2076”
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1070 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71265
Old catalogue number: 2076
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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